PM “terrified”… govt not letting me speak: Rahul Gandhi

Rajat Kain

New Delhi: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi with Opposition leaders addressing a press conference at Parliament, New Delhi, December 14, 2016. Photo - PTI

New Delhi: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi with Opposition leaders addressing a press conference at Parliament, New Delhi, December 14, 2016.
Photo – PTI

Congress party vice president Rahul Gandhi claimed he has “information” against the “personal corruption” of Prime Minister Modi on the issue of demonetisation due to which, he alleged, the government is not letting him speak inside the Parliament. This is first time that such a charge has been made by the leader of a principal opposition party against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“The Prime Minister is personally terrified of me being allowed to open my mouth inside the Lok Sabha… because I have information on the Prime Minister that is going to explode his balloon,” Rahul Gandhi said, adding “it is personal corruption of the PM that we have detailed information about…”

Addressing the press pack in Parliament house soon after the adjournment of Lok Sabha for the day due to disruptions over the issue of note ban and controversy against MoS Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, Gandhi batted for the collective Opposition demanding “explanation” from the government.

“I would request the government to allow the entire opposition to speak in the house,” he said.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Lok Sabha.  Photo - PTI

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Lok Sabha.
Photo – PTI

Attacking PM Modi further, he termed the decision to demonetise the higher denomination currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 as against the interest of poor and common public.

“He (PM) has taken a decision against the poor people of this country. He has destroyed millions of life and he is answerable to the house… He just cannot run away and speak in pop concerts and public meeting,” Rahul Gandhi charged further.

Both the houses have been seeing repeated adjournments over the issue with Opposition seeking PM Modi’s intervention.

On Wednesday, the Congress party vice president also told that the Opposition is willing to have a debate even “without rules”. A climb-down of sorts, as Opposition has been insisting on holding a debate under the rules which entailed voting after formal discussions.

“For the last month we have been trying to hold discussion in the Parliament house… Pretty much unconditionally we are ready to have a discussion but the government is not interest in having a discussion,” he said.

Gandhi’s posture, which also reflect the Opposition strategy, has once again given a glimpse that stalemate between the Opposition and government on the issue of demonetisation is far from over.