At a press conference, Union minister Smriti Irani said that Gandhi’s grudge with Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken the shape of a grudge with India and asserted that the Wayanad MP must apologise to Parliament for his remarks.
During his interactions in the UK recently, Gandhi alleged that the structures of Indian democracy are under attack and there is a “full-scale assault” on the country’s institutions.
Smriti Irani to Rahul Gandhi: Your statement in India or in England- Which was a lie?
“At the feet of India’s colonial past, Gandhi lamented the lack of foreign intervention in India’s democracy. This is to bring to a halt India’s resilient growth story under the leadership of PM Modi,” she said.
The minister said Gandhi claimed that he does not have access to conversations in Indian universities and that for him was an indication of the death of democracy. She alleged that the opposition leader visited a university in the national capital in 2016 and supported the slogan of ‘Bharat tere tukde honge’.
Gandhi also said that democracy is being “blown to smithereens” in India, Irani charged. “However, this very gentleman in J&K, during the ‘Bharat jodo yatra’, said all is well in India,” she said.
“Which was a lie, Mr Gandhi? Your statement in India or your statement in England?” she asked.
Irani alleged Rahul Gandhi during his interactions in the UK not only attacked the magnificence of the country’s Parliament but also the supremacy of the institutions “such as the Supreme Court of India and the Election Commission of India.”
“Democracy, Mr Gandhi, is not in peril. The Congress party has been brought to political perish by the people of India for this very behaviour that you exhibited against the nation-state overseas,” she added. The Union minister said, every Indian citizen demands an apology from Gandhi as Parliament is not merely an amalgamation of the Parliamentarians but the voice of the people of India and “the Constitutional reflection” of their will.
“It is shameful that Rahul Gandhi, instead of coming to Parliament and apologising for his undemocratic rant against India, today seeks to be absent from Parliament,” she asserted.
“When the Gandhi family directs Congressmen and women to tear papers and throw them at the Speaker’s chair in Lok Sabha, is that democracy,” she asked.
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