Political battle lines drew deeper in the Lok Sabha monsoon session as Congress chief Rahul Gandhi slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi government over a list of issues amid the no-confidence motion debate on Friday, July 20.
While the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance government was expected to have a smooth sailing, Rahul Gandhi-led Congress party had vowed to use the occasion to highlight the plight of farmers, minorities, poor economy, and mob-lynching.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi began his speech in Lok Sabha by declaring that the BJP leaders’ speeches are nothing more than Jumla strikes. Gandhi launched a blistering attack on Modi saying “daro mat (don’t be afraid)”
Highlights of Rahul Gandhi’s speech in Lok Sabha:
Rahul Gandhi leads Congress charge, calls Modi govt ‘Jumla Sarkar’
Congress president Rahul Gandhi said that Andhra Pradesh is a victim of the 21st-century ‘Jumla Sarkar.’ Farmers, dalits, tribals and women are the victims of the jumla. Continuing his attack on the Modi govt, Gandhi said the first strike is the Rs 15 lakh in every bank account, the second is the 2 crore jobs promised for the youth. The reality is that four lakh youth received employment.
Rahul Gandhi targeted Centre on Rafale deal
Congress president Rahul Gandhi said that the defence minister Nirmala first said that she will reveal details of the Rafale jet prices. After that, she clearly said that she can’t reveal the figures because there is a secrecy pact between the French and Indian government. I met the French prime minister and asked whether is there a pact, but he said that there is no such pact between the two countries
“PM is not Chaukidaar, but Bhagidaar” said Rahul accusing Modi of favouring some businessmen
Rahul Gandhi said that PM Modi favours some businessmen. Rahul said, “I think everybody understands the relationship the prime minister has with certain business people. One of those people was given the Rafale contract. That person benefitted with thousands and thousands of crores. The gentleman benefitted to the tune of Rs 45,000 crore. Modi says he is a chaukidaar (watchman) of the country. He is not a ‘chaukidaar‘, but a ‘bhagidaar‘ (participant).
Rahul speaking over women’s protection in India
Rahul Gandhi questions PM Modi’s silence on women’s safety, saying “a few days ago, the Economist cover said India can’t protect its women. There is an opinion abroad, that for the first time in its history, it is not able to protect its women. Women face gang-rapes, atrocities – this is the reputation India is building up these days.
Rahul hugs PM Modi
The session was adjourned at an interesting turn when Rahul concluded the speech saying, “you think I have hatred for Modi, but I am indebted to Modi, BJP, RSS because they have taught me what it means to work for Congress and what it means to be a Hindu.”
Congress president Rahul Gandhi took everyone by surprise when he walked over to the other side of the Well, shook hands with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and hugged him.