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the origin of the latest political strife in India

New Delhi (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 businesses belonging 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!” launched Modi on the social network X.

The proximity of the general elections scheduled between April and May 2024 cloud 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.

A video with the character Denver

Modi’s Hindu nationalist party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), took advantage of this Tuesday to double down on the accusations with a video.

In it, it shows the seized bundles and the face of opposition leader Rahul Gandhi superimposed on the character of Denver, one of the robbers in the series.

INC general secretary Jairam Ramesh, on his part, took to social media to demand explanations from Modi regarding suspected tax irregularities committed by Indian billionaire Gautam Adani.

He called it India’s biggest robbery since its independence from the British Empire in 1947.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  EFE/RAJAT GUPTA
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. EFE/RAJAT GUPTA

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

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.

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