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Govt denies bearing Sonia trip expenses

New Delhi, Oct 5, 2012, DHNS:

Rubbishing Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s allegation, the Government on Friday said that it had incurred no expenses on the United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi’s visits abroad.

The Prime Minister’s Office issued a statement clarifying that Government had not borne any expenses for the UPA Chairperson’s medical treatment abroad and in India.

Modi recently alleged that the Government had incurred an expenditure of Rs 1880 crore for the personal foreign tours of the Congress president and UPA chairperson.

He made the allegation, citing information collected by an activist based at Hisar in Haryana using Right to Information Act.

The RTI activist, however, rejected Gujarat Chief Minister’s allegations, claiming that he had not received any information on the UPA chairperson’s foreign tours.

“The Prime Minister’s Office would like to put on record that the Government has incurred no expenses on UPA Chairperson's visits abroad. Expenses for her security contingent are borne by the Special Protection Group,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement issued on Friday.

The PMO said that the media reports quoting an expense of Rs 1880 crore for UPA chairperson’s visits abroad were “untrue and misleading”.

Referring to the UPA chairperson’s November 2006 visit to Belgium, the PMO said that it was Gandhi’s only foreign trip that was paid for by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations. The total cost was less than Rupees Three Lakhs, it added.

Gandhi had visited Belgium in November 2006 at the invitation of the Belgian Government.

The Central Information Commissioner had in May this year stated that Gandhi – a Lok Sabha MP – had not sought any reimbursement of medical expenses from the Government.


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