Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad has said if Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi was allowed to speak in Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi would have been “exposed”.
“Well he (Rahul Gandhi) was not given the opportunity as he wanted to say something on the floor of the House,” the Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha said.
Azad asked if there was nothing to hide, then why did the government and the MPs of the ruling party not allow Gandhi to speak. “(It was) because they did not want him (Prime Minister) to be exposed (by Rahul Gandhi),” Azad said.
Reacting to Gandhi’s “Modi-made disaster” remark over the demonetization of high-denomination notes, a Bharatiya Janata Party leader said on Sunday the Congress leader was yet to trigger an “earthquake” with his revelations against Modi.
“I expected Rahul Gandhi to explode his earthquake statement in Belgaum, but I did not see any of it. Some of the Congress spokesperson were claiming on Friday that Rahul Gandhi will speak about it. What happened where is he going to explode that bomb?” BJP leader S Prakash told ANI.
Gandhi had said on Wednesday he knew about “personal corruption” by Modi, who was “terrified” of the information, but he wasn’t being allowed by the government to speak about it in Parliament.
Gandhi gave no detail, and a government minster sought to dismiss the charge as “the biggest joke of the year”.
Gandhi has been sparring with Modi over the government’s controversial recall of high-value banknotes, but it’s the first time he has cast aspersions on the integrity of the Prime Minister, who rode to power two years ago vowing to stamp out corruption.
Gandhi’s accusations are likely to worsen already tense ties between the government and the Opposition over the demonetisation of 500 and 1000-rupee bank bills, a tussle that washed out Parliament. Gandhi had earlier said if he speaks in Parliament there would be “an earthquake and Modi would not be able to sit”.
Azad, who is a former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister, also blamed the BJP for the five-month long unrest in the Valley, stating that BJP being part of the government did not go well with the people of the state.
“As far as Jammu and Kashmir is concerned we had warned the Prime Minister earlier that BJP government will not go well with the people of Jammu and Kashmir. The situation which prevailed in Kashmir in the past five to six months, the main reason was the BJP forming the government in the state,” Azad said.
On the issue of Robert Vadra’s Bikaner land row, Azad said that the BJP government, in order to hide its own failures, was “befooling” the people of the country by raking up “non issues”.
“Let me tell you whenever there has been an attack on the BJP or its corruption or misdoing (is exposed) they will try to divert the attention by saying this has happened and that has happened,” he said.
On the AgustaWestland issue, Azad said, “Sometimes they raise Augusta. Same Augusta thing which was discussed for six hours in the Parliament and we had said about Augusta there was nothing and whatever deal was struck it was not concluded the government came to the conclusion that there was something fishy and it was the UPA government which initiated the CBI enquiry.”