Stating that Nitish had joined hands with the Congress to fight communal politics in 2015 Bihar Vidhan Sabha elections, Rahul said, “For personal politics Nitishji has now embraced the same people. This is the problem with India’s politics. In politics you get to know what is in (the) other person’s mind.
Just before the House was to assemble at 11.30 am following a brief adjournment, the Congress vice-president walked over to the treasury benches and engaged in a conversation with Advani, who was sitting in the front row.
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said he knew about Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s plan three to four months before he broke ranks.
While a section of leaders believed that Nitish was indulging in pressure tactic, and that alliance can survive, the older generation of leaders seemed to have sensed the wind rightly, as some veterans in the party said the “game seems to be over”.
“He will hold separate meetings with the heads of Congress’ frontal organisations, representatives of NGOs working in Bastar and victims of the naxal violence there on the first day of the tour,” Punia said.
The Congress was tight-lipped over what transpired at the meeting between Rahul and Nitish, coming after days of tension in the alliance over his support to the NDA’s presidential pick Ram Nath Kovind, and amid strained ties between him and the RJD over corruption cases.
“Nitish Kumar is wasting time meeting Rahul Gandhi for reportedly asking Tejaswi Yadav to tender resignation,” senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi said.
Later, Gandhi also tweeted, “Hitler, once wrote: Keep a firm grasp on reality, so you can strangle it at any time. This is what is happening today-strangulation of reality.”
The meeting has come at a time when trouble is brewing in Grand Alliance in Bihar after corruption charges were level against RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav and his family members, including Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav.
Describing current situation as “strangulation of reality”, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi accused the government of crushing people’s voices and trampling the poor and weak. He also attacked the ruling dispensation on demonetisation.
Rahul Gandhi says that the problems emanating in Kashmir are the internal business of India and the policies of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and NDA are the one responsible for the ongoing crisis in the state.
“The president is the conscience keeper of the Constitution of India,” the Congress chief said conveying her best wishes to Kovind. Gandhi also reiterated the Congress party’s commitment to work for upholding these cherished values and established conventions which are the “intrinsic cornerstone of our Constitution”.
Sonia Gandhi said that the resident of India enjoys a unique position as defender and protector of the Constitution, upholder of democratic traditions and as supreme commander of the Indian Armed Forces. The President is the conscience keeper of the Constitution of India.
The Congress vice president said in the run up to the 2014 general elections, two major promises related to farmers and the youth were made by Modi. “Modi talks about ‘Make in India’ and jobs for youths. But when we raised a question in Parliament, the government replied that less than one lakh jobs were given last year,” he said.
Accusing the PM of ignoring farmers and their issues, he said, “Today, we wanted to raise farmers’issues in Lok Sabha. PM Modi was present and other Ministers were also present. We were not allowed to speak about it.”