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‘I have a question’: Rahul Gandhi on PM Modi’s ‘unprecedented’ press briefing

lok sabha elections Updated: May 17, 2019 19:23 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Congress president Rahul Gandhi at the party headquarters on May 17, 2019 (HT Photo | Raj K Raj)

Terming the press conference by Prime Minister Narendra Modi “unprecedented”, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said that he has question for him. “Why didn’t he respond to my call for a debate on Rafale,” the Congress chief said at a press briefing that clashed with the prime minister’s first-ever.

“PM Modi is “accompanying” Amit Shah in a press conference, which is an unprecedented event for him. Let me ask him a question right now- Mr. PM, why did you not accept my challenge to debate on corruption in Rafale?” Rahul Gandhi said.

In his first-ever press conference as the prime minister, Modi, with party chief Amit Shah seated beside him, predicted his return as prime minister. “It is the first time in many years that a government which had a majority is coming back to power,” PM Modi said at his first press conference in five years.

WATCH: ‘Unprecedented,’ Rahul Gandhi mocks PM Modi’s first presser, poses a question

Escalating his attack on PM Modi, Rahul Gandhi said: “We closed 90 per cent doors for Narendra Modi; he closed 10 per cent for himself by abusing opponents.”

Rahul Gandhi also said that the Election Commission’s role in these polls has been “biased” and it has issued orders keeping in mind PM Modi’s schedule.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday said that a decision on the prime ministerial post of a non-BJP government at the Centre would be taken after the Lok Sabha poll results are out on May 23.

“People will deliver their mandate on May 23. I will not comment on it before their decision is out. I do not want to prejudge the judgment of Indian people. We will take the decision on the basis of what people decide,” Gandhi said.

First Published: May 17, 2019 17:35 IST