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Congress demands EC action against PM Modi’s asset declaration

Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera on Tuesday launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and questioned the prime minister’s assets. The Congress raised doubts over “alleged irregularities” in the property declared by the Prime Minister himself in an affidavit.

Pawan Khera urged the Election Commission to take action against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s past affidavit.

The Congress accused the Prime Minister of furnishing contradictory information regarding his assets in Gandhinagar.

According to the party, PM Modi has submitted differing details of the same property in different affidavits.

The Congress allegation came after public interest litigation was filed in the Supreme Court seeking a court-monitored probe into the “irregularities” in the affidavits submitted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The PIL was filed by Maharashtra-based journalist Saket Gokhale.

In his petition, Gokhale has claimed that PM Modi had previously mentioned a plot of land in Gujarat’s Gandhinagar that was allocated to the former Gujarat CM by the state government in his 2007 affidavit for the Gujarat Assembly elections.

However, the property did not find mention in the prime minister’s affidavit for the 2012 state elections or the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Instead, PM Modi declared 1/4th ownership of another property in the same area.

The former plot of land was missing in PM Modi’s 2016 and 2017 asset declarations as well.

According to Gokhale, the land records still indicate PM Modi’s name.

The petition has been filed under Article 19(1)(a) (freedom of speech and expression) of the Indian Constitution.

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