Rahul Equates PM's Blackmoney Scheme to 'Fair and Lovely'; Attacks Centre Over JNU, Vemula

He also mentioned the National Herald case involving top Congress leadership which currently is in courts.

Published: 02nd March 2016 11:38 PM  |   Last Updated: 02nd March 2016 11:38 PM   |  A+A-


Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi speaks in the Lok Sabha in New Delhi on Wednesday.


NEW DELHI: Rahul Gandhi today singularly targeted Prime Minister Narendra as he led the opposition attack on government in Lok Sabha, saying a "fair and lovely" scheme had been brought to launder blackmoney and slammed it over JNU and Dalit student Rohith Vemula issue besides the Pakistan policy.

In acerbic remarks on Modi's style of functioning, the Congress Vice President, while participating in the Motion of Thanks to the President's Address, accused him of not listening to anyone's opinion including that of his ministers and MPs.

He also ridiculed Modi's ambitious 'Make in India' programme, saying the Prime Minister has "created a 'babbar sher' (Asiatic Lion)" in which "clock and wheels are seen moving" and questioned how many jobs have been created.

Hitting back, the ruling BJP said lessons on corruption should not be given by those who "looted" the country and reminded about scams like 2G and coal block allocation during the previous UPA tenure which had "tarnished" India's image among investors.

Pralhad Joshi, fielded by BJP, accused the UPA of misusing the power and compromising the national security by changing the affidavit in Ishrat Jahan case with a view to "torture Modi and Amit Shah."

He also mentioned the National Herald case involving top Congress leadership which currently is in courts.

In his 40-minute speech, Gandhi said 60 per cent of students in JNU belonged to dalits, minorities and OBCs. 40 per cent of them came from a poor background.

"Why are you after the JNU? Because dalits and adivasis study there and you don't want them to grow. But we will not let this happen. We cannot crush the JNU," he asserted in the course of his speech interrupted by the ruling NDA members.

Referring to the suicide Vemula in the Hyderabad Central University, the Congress leader said the Prime Minister had not bothered to call his mother.

He also attacked Modi's Pakistan policy and accused him of releasing that country from a "little cage" in which the UPA government had put it through its diplomacy by suddenly visiting Lahore to have tea with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif.

"What did the Prime Minister do? He decided to have a cup of tea with Nawaz Sharif without any vision. He decided to take a detour to Pakistan. Just like the Naga Accord, he did not bother to consult anyone...the people in intelligence, the diplomats.

"Perhaps he did not even talk to (External Affairs Minister) Sushmaji (Swaraj). Only his opinion matters. He single-handedly destroyed the six years of work done by the UPA," Gandhi said.


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