In a scathing attack on govt over intolerance, Rahul Gandhi asks PM not to learn the wrong lessons from Pakistan.
If prime minister Narendra Modi’s last week speech in Parliament showed traits of reconciliation, then Rahul Gandhi came out all guns firing in his ‘reply’ speech in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.
The Congress vice-president, who spoke in the Lok Sabha, for the first time since Bihar win, displayed usual aggression and willingness to pit himself against Modi. In the hard-hitting speech, he questioned several contradictions that cropped up in the PM’s declaration of Commitment to the Constitution speech which he made on November 26.
Rahul pointed out that commitment to the PM’s Constitution contradicts continuation of former Army chief Gen V K Singh as a union minister after he likened death of two Dalit children who died in fire in Haryana as “dogs”. “The PM is able to worship Ambedkar and forget that he spent his entire life protecting the dignity of those two little children. He helped write the Constitution so they would never get burned. Yet our PM allows this man to continue as minister as if nothing has happened.”
In a tough poser to the PM , Rahul asked, “Will the PM start listening to the voice of our people? Or will he stand by and watch as his colleagues trample on the voice of this country. Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare and M M Kalburgi are shot dead in cold blood by fanatics. The PM chose to remain silent.”
Rahul also asked Modi not to learn “wrong lessons” from Pakistan, which according to him has failed as the neighbouring country’s leaders crush the voices inconvenient to them.
“India is successful because we have given our people the space to talk. We have been peaceful because we have embraced our people and let them be part of the conversation. Our greatest strength is our tolerance,” he said. Rahul also took a dig at finance minister Arun Jaitley for his “manufactured protest” remarks.
“Do you think people like Narayanmurthy and Raghuram Rajan have nothing better to do then to manufacture protest against you? They are saying it because they are disturbed like millions of people in this country,” he said.