By Rakesh Raman
Those who have seen the formidable image of India’s Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi when he was the chief minister of Gujarat would find it difficult to digest the Congress claim that Modi is scared of Rahul Gandhi.
Congress said Friday that Modi seems to be in the grip of ‘Rahul phobia,’ which is a serious disease.
“The Prime Minister seems to be in the grip of ‘Rahul phobia’. It is an acute disease. This disease has attained the size of an epidemic as far as the BJP and the Prime Minister are concerned,” said Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi.
Singhvi was referring to Modi’s speech in Parliament on Wednesday when he responded sharply to Rahul’s jokes about Modi’s “Make in India” program and other schemes of the BJP government.
“Merely because Congress VP, Rahul Gandhi, raises genuine concerns, as many as three senior ministers rise to deflect questions asked to Modi. All that Prime Minister did, in a speech devoid of substance, was indulge in a pointless attack on Rahul Gandhi, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, the Indian National Congress, and the legacy of the Indian National Congress,” Singhvi said.
He added that Modi again made a mockery of Democracy and the Parliament. This kind of petty jibes by the Prime Minister during a Motion of Thanks to the President’s address is not the culture nor sanctified by 70 years of Indian Democracy.
There have been many PMs, many parties in power, many acrimonious elections, but we have never seen such petty politicking in the Parliament, Singhvi said.
He further said PM has yet again lost the chance to give substantive answers, and clear and assuage the genuine concerns of the people of India.
“Did the PM in his political diatribe mention a word about Rohith Vemula, Kanhaiya Kumar, about the behaviour of Delhi Police, about the lumpen elements across the country, linked to the ABVP, and atrocities on Dalits and students? The PM should explain why he didn’t apologise for the false speech of his HRD Minister in Parliament,” Singhvi said.
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