Sheila wants PM to come clean in Sahara diary case

In the eye of the storm after her comments on "Sahara Diaries" appeared weakening Congress' attack on Narendra Modi over graft, Sheila Dikshit said on Monday the onus is on the Prime Minister to come out clean on the charges.

Dikshit questioned the authenticity of the Sahara diaries after reports mentioned her as one of the beneficiaries along with several other politicians, including Congress members. She, however, added that the list features many other names.

Seeking to turn the tables on the BJP, Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday demanded a Supreme Court-monitored probe into the graft charges against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Ms. Dikshit too targeted PM Modi in tweets, signaling her submission to her party's line.

File picture of Sheila Dikshit, the Congress party's chief ministerial candidate in Uttar Pradesh.

The leader also said the Supreme Court had already declared that the allegations had no merits.

Speaking in Gujarat's Mehsana, Gandhi alleged that in the records with the Income Tax, there were notings of Sahara officials' claims that they paid Prime Minister Modi nine times between October 2013 and February 2014 and that the total amount was Rs. 40 crore.

Congress is demanding an independent and thorough probe into the "Sahara diaries" corruption issue, with Congress spokesperson Jairam Ramesh saying at the AICC briefing that whosoever's name is there, an independent and impartial probe should be held. The list also included Sheila.Initially, Sheila questioned the authenticity of the Sahara/Birla diaries and said she was surprised that the Congress had tweeted the list. Sheila Dikshit is not saying anything contradictory. "There is no iota of truth in the allegations. I was also given to understand that Priyanka Gandhi would campaign vigorously before and during the elections", India Today quoted Sheila Dikshit as telling a UP leader.

The BJP said the Congress can not have double standards.

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