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Congress terms Irani's allegations against Rahul, Priyanka baseless

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The on Wednesday termed as "baseless" BJPs allegations against over alleged corruption in a land deal and also attacked the ruling party for dragging Gandhi Vadras name, saying it was being done to divert attention from real issues concerning people.

incharge Randeep Singh Surjewala said the BJP was making false allegations in the wake of its "imminent defeat" in the 2019

"Facing imminent defeat, a are resorting to labelling completely baseless and fake allegations in order to divert people's attention from the issues of rampant unemployment, widespread corruption in Modi government, agrarian crisis, economy being in doll drums and wide spread social unrest that prevails," he said.

He said Irani "has got so blinded by her desire for revenge against along with her mentor that she is resorting to fake and false allegations as a diversionary tactic but they are never going to succeed".

Surjewala said purchased or 6.4 acres of land in Hassanpur village in Palwal in on March 3, 2008.

He said the land was bought for a total price of Rs 26,47,000, that was paid by cheque, which is the equivalent of Rs 4,10,006 per acre.

On July 26, 2012, Rahul Gandhi gifted 6.4 acres of land to Gandhi through a registered gift deed and the relevant stamp duty was paid.

Gandhi gifted the land to Vipassana Sadhna Sansthan, a not-for-profit spiritual organisation, on August 12, 2014.

"So the entire allegation stands exposed," he said.

About Irani's allegations against Rahul Gandhi concerning the Rafale deal, he said UPA had shortlisted only Dassault Aviation for contract of 126 fighter jets and there was no question of any other firm being in picture.

"Once the Congress-led government had shortlisted only one company called Dassault Aviation, how does the fighter come into the picture? So, actually, the entire edifies of the allegations falls to the ground on this duplicity," he said.

Irani had attacked Rahul Gandhi by linking him with and accusing him of working in the interest of his own family.

She had also alleged that Priyanka Gandhi was also involved in the land deals being investigated by probe agencies in and

Irani said news reports have brought to the fore a relation between H.L. Pahwa, alleged to be on the payroll of C.C. Thampi, who is connected to both and Priyanka's husband

"has procured land from H.L. Pahwa through a conduit-representative Nagar also represented Vadra in land purchasing case under investigation in Haryana and Rajasthan," she said.

She alleged that H.L. Pahwa had a similar give-and-take with Priyanka Gandhi as well.



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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 01:30 IST