The BJP on Sunday said that it will be keeping a “telescopic view” on Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s election affidavit. The statement comes a day after the party had alleged a rise in his income between 2004 and 2014.
BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra alleged the same at a press conference, but did not provide any evidence or document to substantiate his claim. The BJP leader also questioned how can the income of a mere MP witness such a huge jump.
“The people this time in the country and the BJP in particular will keep a telescopic view on the nomination of Rahul Gandhi… Where ever he contests elections,” Patra told reporters.
Patra went on to allege that the rise in Gandhi’s income “by and large, is profiteering from scams, dubious deals” and charged him with hiding facts from his election affidavits.
Patra further challenged Gandhi to file a defamation case against him, claiming that he is stating facts with evidence.
Meanwhile BJP leader and Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Saturday had told the media that Gandhi’s income had risen from over Rs 55 lakh in 2004 to Rs 9 crore in 2014 as per his election affidavits.
“‘In his election affidavit in 2004, his income was Rs 55,38,123, while in 2009, it rose to Rs 2 crore and in 2014 it rose to Rs 9 crore. We know how much an MP earns. We want to ask what is this Rahul Gandhi model of development without an ostensible source of income,” said Ravi Shankar Prasad during a press conference.