Senior union minister Ananth Kumar of the BJP hits back at Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday and dismiss the Congress vice president’s claims that he has “information on personal corruption” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a “sign of desperation.”
He further asked where Rahul Gandhi was for the last 20 days of the winter session of parliament. The minister linked the timing of Gandhi’s remarks to a sting operation shown by a television channel. He alleged that the sting showed a scam to exchange old currency notes for new at the Congress’ headquarters.
“They have been exposed… Rahul Gandhi is making baseless allegations. He should instead apologise to the nation,” said the minister.
Kumar, earlier in the day, accused the opposition of “sabotaging” parliament proceedings with continuous disruptions over demonetisation intended at fighting corruption and black money.
Post the adjournment of the parliament today, Rahul Gandhi alleged that the government was not letting him to speak in the House on demonetisation.
“Read my lips…the PM is personally terrified of the information I have, we have. It is personal corruption of the PM that we have detailed information on,” Gandhi said. He had leaders with him from 16 opposition parties, including TMC and the Left.
On the other hand, Kumar said it was the opposition actually that has “been holding up parliament.” If Mr Gandhi had information to share in Parliament, “he could have done it on day 1, on day 2. Till today he was not ready to speak,” the minister said.
BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao too challenged Gandhi to make his revelations with a promise to “throw it back in his face. “Rahul Gandhi is making a joke of himself, his party is responsible for blocking parliament,” said Rao, adding that, “Rahul Gandhi’s political value is deteriorating and his comical value is increasing.”
The government said, PM Modi has been ready to speak in a Parliament debate but the opposition has not allowed a discussion to happen. Both sides have failed to agree on how to hold that debate – with or without a vote at the end.