Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday will address the Lok Sabha replying on the motion of thanks to the President’s address.
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi had on Wednesday attacked Prime Minister Modi during a debate on the president’s address in the Lok Sabha.
Gandhi assailed the government when Prime Minister Modi was not in the house and nor were most of his front-line ministers, but the Congress vice president named them all and accused the Prime Minister of listening to none, including his ministers.
Responding on Gandhi’s allegations, the BJP criticised him for his attack on the government in the Lok Sabha, saying it was “full of drama but lacked in content”, and dubbed the Congress vice president a lying machine” and a “non-serious, part-time politician”.
Slamming Rahul Gandhi’s speech targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government, finance minister Arun Jaitley raised questions about his knowledge and maturity, home minister Rajnath Singh denied the Congress leader’s claim that he was not kept in the loop before signing a peace pact with Naga insurgent group NSCN-IM.
In an article ‘How much does he know - when will he know’ posted on the Bharatiya Janata Party’s website, Jaitley said Modi was a “hands-on” prime minister. Jaitley’s reaction came within hours of Gandhi’s attack on Modi in the Lok Sabha.
“The (Congress-led) UPA model of governance was that if a person outside the family is the prime minister, he should be reduced to being a figurehead,” Jaitley said.
“Rahul Gandhi’s views are shaped by the environment of a political party which has evolved into a ‘crowd around a family’,” the minister added.
“Rahul Gandhi’s statement on Naga peace accord in Lok Sabha today is completely false and baseless. I had several rounds of consultations with the PM on the Naga peace process. I strongly condemn Rahul Gandhi?s attempt to mislead the House,” the Home Minister said.
Meanwhile, the issue of a privilege motion moved by the Congress against HRD minister Smriti Irani and corruption charges against former home minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti rocked parliament on the second consecutive day on Wednesday.
Both Lok Sabha speaker and Rajya Sabha chair expressed dismay over the disruptions in the proceedings of their houses.
AIADMK members again raised the issue of Aircel-Maxis deal allegedly linked to former home and finance minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti, whereas Congress members asked the speaker to move its privilege motion notice against human resource development minister Smriti Irani.
Similar scenes were witnessed in the Rajya Sabha as AIADMK members raised the issue of alleged investments made by Chidambaram’s son Karti, while the Congress members referred to another newspaper report about Gujarat chief minister Anandiben Patel’s daughter who was allegedly given government land at around 92% concessional rate.
Amid the ruckus, Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien first adjourned the house for 10 minutes and then till noon.
Later in the day, both the houses, however, took up discussion on the motion of thanks on the presidential address.