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Cong seeks probe into 'suspicious black trunk' in PM's chopper

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Sunday demanded a probe into the of a "suspicious black trunk" in Modi's helicopter during his visit to Chitradurg in for poll campaign.

asked the to come clean and said the should inquire into the contents of the "trunk".

He said the Congress' unit has already filed a complaint with the in this regard.

The had addressed an election rally in Karnataka's Chitradurga on April 9.

"We saw were three more choppers escorting the prime minister's helicopter. After landing, a black trunk was taken out and whisked away in a private car which was not part of the SPG carcade," he alleged.

Sharma suggested was cash stashed in the trunk. "What was in the trunk. If there was no cash in it, let there an inquiry be held."

The party also played a video clip claiming that the purported trunk, after being unloaded from the PM's helicopter, was shipped to a private Innova car, that Sharma alleged was not a part of the SPG carcade, and taken away.

Sharma also asked Modi to give an account of his five-year rule to the people of the country as a tribute to Dr B R on

"is trying to control and change the narrative because he has no courage the face real issues," he alleged.

Raising the issue of Rafale, Sharma asked Modi to make public the minutes of a meeting held last year between him and former French on the fighter jet deal.

"Why is he (PM) silent on his role in Rafale scam? Make the minutes of the meeting between Prime Minister and former French on the Rafale deal public by tomorrow. As there has been a controversy, it would help settle it once for all," he said.

in his "desperation to win has done enormous disservice to the nation by dragging in the Armed Forces for Partisan political propaganda", Sharma further alleged.

"Seeking votes for the courageous action and sacrifices of our soldiers is an unpardonable transgression and also an insult to the Armed forces who defend the motherland under the tricolour and not under one person or party. The belongs to the Republic of India," he said.

Sharma also slammed BJP leader and Union minister VK Singh (Retd).

"There is Prime Minister's defence and his including one of his ministers, who should have been made literate in the military history of the country. I am referring to retired V.K. Singh, he said - benefitted electorally from the war."

"Is he ignorant of history when he himself was a commissioned " Sharma asked.

"To reeducate him, these are the facts: Singh got commissioned in June 1970, Smt recorded a massive electoral win in March 1971 and won the 13-day war with on 16 December 1971. VK Singh should extend an unconditional apology," he said.

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First Published: Sun, April 14 2019. 19:15 IST