Mystery box carried out of PM’s chopper, Cong files complaint

Mystery box carried out of PM’s chopper, Cong files complaint
The black box being carried to the Innova. (Screenshot of the video clip)
BENGALURU, APR 14 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 4/14/2019 12:07:39 PM IST

A mysterious black box that was allegedly carried out of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s helicopter, after he landed in north Karnataka’s Chitradurga on April 12, has snowballed into a controversy following a Congress complaint.

In a video released by the Congress, two men can be seen carrying the box out of the chopper. Congress leaders, including KPCC president Dinesh Gundu Rao, tweeted a video showing the black box being carried away by a few unidentified people.

On Sunday, Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma asked the Prime Minister to come clean on the issue and said the EC should inquire into the contents of the trunk.

Sharma said the Congress’ Karnataka unit has already filed a complaint with the EC in this regard. “We saw there 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 cascade.” Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma, as quoted by PTI

Sharma suggested there was cash stashed in the trunk. “What was there in the trunk. If there was no cash in it, let 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 Ambedkar on his birth anniversary. “The Prime Minister 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 president Francois Hollande 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 president Francois Hollande on the Rafale deal public by tomorrow. As there has been a controversy, it would help settle it once for all,” he said.

The Prime Minister 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 Indian Army belongs to the Republic of India,” he said.

The JD(S)’s official twitter handle also alleged double standards, claiming that while Election Commission officials checked CM Kumaraswamy’s car multiple times in a day, they aren’t concerned about the mysterious box that was shipped from PM’s helicopter to a private car.

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