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‘La casa de papel’ inspires political row in India amid corruption allegations

New Delhi, December 12 (EFE).- The hit Spanish series ‘La casa de papel’ inspired a political row in India this Tuesday involving Prime Minister Narendra Modi following the recent seizure of $42 million in cash in companies belonging to to an opposition parliamentarian.

“In India, who needs a fiction like ‘La casa de papel’ when we have the Congress Party whose thefts have been legendary for seventy years and counting!” Modi launched on the social network general elections scheduled between April and May 2024 clouds the already tense Indian political scene.

In several raids over the past week, the tax department found about Rs 3.51 billion in cash in companies linked to a member of the Congress Party (INC), Dhiraj Sahu, according to the Indian Express newspaper.

The leaked images of wad after wad of bills stored in bags and lockers belonging to this parliamentarian accused of corruption grabbed headlines and were widely shared on social networks.

Modi’s Hindu nationalist party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), took the opportunity today to double down on the accusations with a video showing the seized bundles and the face of opposition leader Rahul Gandhi superimposed on the character of Denver, one of the robbers. of the series when he pounces on a mountain of money after managing to open a bank vault in Spain.

INC general secretary Jairam Ramesh, for his part, took to social media to demand explanations from Modi on suspected tax irregularities by Indian billionaire Gautam Adani, which he described as India’s biggest robbery since its independence from the empire. British in 1947.

“Your close friend Adani diverted $2.098 billion out of India by jacking up the prices of imported coal and power equipment,” Ramesh charged.

Crossing accusations of corruption and cronyism continue as political parties warm up for the 2024 general election.

Modi’s BJP came out stronger this month in the latest regional elections held in the Asian country, taking control of three of the four states up for grabs ahead of general elections. EFE

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