Prime Minister’s credibility is going down: Rahul Gandhi

Rajat Kain

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New Delhi: Rahul Gandhi wearing a ‘black band’ as a mark of protest against the BJP-led Central government at Parliament House on Thursday. Photo – PTI

Congress vice-President Rahul Gandhi strongly took on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the series of alleged ‘scams’ surrounding the prominent BJP leaders, including Union minister Sushma Swaraj. The issue of alleged ‘scams’ has led to a major protest being staged by the opposition, in particular the Congress party, outside and inside the Parliament.

Speaking before the press pack at the Parliament house on Thursday, the young Congress leader categorically criticised the Prime Minister for the silence over Lalit Modi issue and ‘Vyapam’ scam.

“Our advice to the PM is this – your credibility is being eroded, listen to the people’s concern. Answer them by speaking on the controversies. The PM is not just the PM of BJP, he is PM of the country. The people of the country want to know what the PM is thinking,” Rahul Gandhi said.

Rahul Gandhi’s strongest remarks came when he took on PM Modi over the issue of Lalit Modi controversy. Union External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje are facing the charges of ‘conflict of interest’ in the matter, with the opposition firmly seeking their ouster.

“The people of the country did not vote for Sushma ji, they voted for Narendra Modi. His credibility is going down,” Rahul Gandhi said taking on the Prime Minister.

The Congress vice-president also took on the ruling party over ‘Vyapam’ scam, a massive recruitment and admission scam in the BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh, which has assumed serious proportions after the reports of 40 mysterious deaths of the people connected with the scam.

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File photograph of PM Narendra Modi in Lok Sabha. Photo – PTI

“Why is the PM quiet on the matter where 40 people have died…one after the other…including a journalist (Jahan 40 log mare hain…ek ke baad ek, aapka ek saathi ki bhi mrityu hui hai, kya wahan bhi PM ko nahin bolna chaihye),” Gandhi said addressing the press at the Parliament just before the lower house reconvened at noon.

The BJP-run government, on its part, has said it is willing to debate with the opposition on every pressing issue. But dismissing the BJP’s proposal for the discussion, Rahul Gandhi once again reiterated the party’s stated position seeking resignations of Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and Chief Ministers Vasundhara Raje and Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

“We have said there have to be resignations before any discussion,” he asserted.

The on-going Monsoon session of the Parliament has seen a near-no business with repeated adjournments forcing both the houses to be adjourned in the last 3 days.