Rejecting Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi’s charges against Prime Minister Modi, the ruling party chose to term it from “baseless” to even “biggest joke of the year”. Gandhi has claimed of having “information” on the “personal corruption” of PM Modi in the issue of demonetisation.
Seeking Rahul Gandhi’s apology, Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said the remarks show “desperation” of the principal opposition party.
“Had he any information, he would have said it by now. It is a baseless allegation. He is saying this out of frustration,” he said.
Kumar also countered another charge made by Rahul Gandhi that government is not letting the Opposition speak in the house on demonetisation.
“Today they are saying they are not being allowed to speak. It is wrong because everyday Congress members are coming to the well of the House. Now they are trying to spread rumour and baseless allegations,” he said.
Once again affirming that government is ready for debate on demonetisation, he said, “Rahul Gandhi and his party MPs and other Opposition parties are holding up Parliament for the last 20 days. BJP-led NDA has very clearly said that it ready for debate on the crusade against the black money initiated by Prime Minister Modi.”
Other BJP ministers too castigated Gandhi over his allegations.
Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said, “Who has stopped them in all these days. First let the allegations come what is the point talking meaningless like that.”
MoS Home Kiren Rijiju, who is also facing Opposition heat over graft allegations in Arunachal power project, ridiculed Rahul Gandhi for his remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Everybody feels that it is the biggest joke of the year that Rahul Gandhi says Narendra Modi is scared of his oratory skill. If he speaks will there be an earthquake or the balloon will burst,” he said.
Talking further jibe at the Congress party vice president, he said instead it is the Congress party which is very scared as it has to defend utterances of its vice president.
“I don’t think anyone takes comments he makes seriously. Congress itself is very scared when Rahul Gandhi speaks as the party has to defend his words. That’s the level of threat he poses to his own party,” Rijiju said.
(With inputs from the PTI)