Listen to the voice of people, not just your own, Rahul Gandhi tells PM Modi

Accuses Modi of ‘single-handedly destroying’ UPA work to isolate Pak

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: March 3, 2016 8:35 am
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Tearing into the Prime Minister’s style of functioning, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi urged Narendra Modi Wednesday to “listen to the voice of our people… listen to what the country is trying to tell you”. He also told him that “you cannot defend the Indian flag by destroying the relationships between our people”.

In a frontal attack on Modi in Lok Sabha during the debate on the motion of thanks to the President’s address, Rahul touched on issues ranging from the row over JNU to the government’s “fair and lovely” policy on black money to what he called the “chai pe charcha” approach towards Pakistan. “The country is gently trying to give him a message… The Prime Minister cannot run the country on only his opinion. The country is not the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister is not the country.”

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Mentioning Slobodan Milosevic, former president of Yugoslavia, and Pakistan military ruler Yahya Khan as “people who saluted the cloth but destroyed the relationship and conversation between their people”, Rahul said: “The Prime Minister just has to listen to the message, listen to those around you, listen to Rajnath Singhji, listen to Advaniji, listen to Sushma Swarajji, listen to your MPs, listen to us across the aisle here… we are not your enemies, we do not hate you.”

Referring to the row over the JNU sedition case and the death of Dalit student Rohith Vemula, he said the Prime Minister must “especially listen to the voice of the next generation” and “allow them the dignity of their voice”.

Criticising him for his silence on JNU, especially the attack on students, teachers and journalists in court, he said: “Respecting the flag means respecting the opinion of every Indian. When I went to JNU, your ABVP workers waved black flags in my face. They taunted me, they abused me. I did not get angry. In fact, I felt proud that I still live in a country, in India where it is possible to be confronted by people who held a different opinion than my own… You cannot defend the Indian flag by destroying the relationships between our people. You are not defending the flag when you frighten your own people into silence.”

WATCH | Analysis: Rahul Gandhi’s speech in Lok Sabha

Calling the one-time compliance window announced in the Budget as a “fair and lovely” scheme, Rahul said this was nothing but a move to turn black money into white.

“Finance Minister announced a fair and lovely scheme, saying it was Modiji’s scheme which would convert black money into white. In 2014, Modi had said I will finish black money, I will win fight against black money, I will jail anybody who has black money. But under the fair and lovely scheme, nobody will go to jail, nobody will be arrested, nobody will be asked anything. Go to Arun Jaitleyji, pay tax and turn black money into white,” he said.

You are not defending the flag when you frighten your own people into silence: Rahul Gandhi

The major part of his speech was directed at Modi. Turning to the treasury benches, he said: “\Whose opinion does the Prime Minister listen to? Does he respect your opinion? Does he respect the opinion of his ministers? You are silent… I understand the feeling within you and I want to bring that out. I want you to make him listen. But anyway, that will happen slowly. You have been taught by your teachers in the RSS that there is only one truth in the universe: your own, that nobody else’s opinion matters in the entire universe. This is all you have shown us in the last two years.”

Mocking the Prime Minister’s style of functioning, he said Modi did not listen to anyone’s opinion on issues like his visit to Pakistan and the Naga accord.

“Modiji called the Opposition and declared that he had solved the Naga problem. We were suddenly scared because none of the chief ministers of the North East states had a clue. The Home Minister himself had no idea… Where has that accord gone now? It has vanished into thin air… puff! Gone with the wind,” he said.

He accused him of “single-handedly destroying” six years of UPA work to put Pakistan in “a small cage” after the 26/11 Mumbai attacks with his visit to Pakistan.

He said the UPA “worked tirelessly to trap Pakistan… We isolated them internationally. We spent thousands and thousands of hours of diplomacy to turn them into a pariah nation… We trapped them in a very little cage. We convinced the world that they were a global supporter of terrorism.”

“What does the Prime Minister do? He decides to have a cup of tea with Nawaz Sharif… Without any thought, without any vision, he decides to take a detour to Pakistan and have a chai pe charcha. The Prime Minister, single-handedly, destroyed six years of our work,” he said.

 

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    shobhit
    Mar 3, 2016 at 11:08 am
    Kuch logon ki umar toh badhti hai, lekin samajh nahi badhti (some people grow in age but their ability to understand does not increase).”
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      Bob
      Mar 3, 2016 at 2:43 am
      Rahul hi = People ! So Modi has two choice - 1) Listen to the voice of Rahul 2) Listen to his own inner voice . I wonder which one is the better choice ?
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        MyTake
        Mar 3, 2016 at 6:10 am
        No chocolate!
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          Mytake
          Mar 3, 2016 at 6:08 am
          Rahul, Lalu, AK if can get few others together can become a very important group for Enetertainment!
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            Yogesh
            Mar 3, 2016 at 5:39 am
            Time for another holiday Rahul .....
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              vvvvv
              Mar 3, 2016 at 12:30 pm
              Excellent Rahul jee you are much mature and by birth you are true politician not chaiwala or panwala like present PM loose talks... He is failure in all aspects and all fronts Mr. PM running india like dictactor...... where India is moving he dont know still he is imagining India as Gujrat state..... Jai Hind....
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                Alab
                Mar 3, 2016 at 1:32 pm
                Rahuk's uncle Sanjay did more harm to Muslims. Remember Turkman Gate ? We have selective amnesia.
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                  Alab
                  Mar 3, 2016 at 1:22 pm
                  You are right, Rahul. But practice what you preach. You insulted Manmohan Singh ( and GOI ) by tearing ordinence. You are criticised for lack of knowledge and immaturity. Your single point agenda is to groubd Modi and obstruct growth. You hanged Guru ( thanks for that ) and you are with them who support the traitor ?
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                    Amrita
                    Mar 3, 2016 at 3:14 am
                    Parliament went quiet and functional after he made his speech and left. And no I do not believe he has the patience to listen to representatives across India. The people are however tuning in. I think India stands to gain the more it hears its representatives. It will begin to get discerning about who is doing what and who is wasting public money and how. Noted that the Karnataka CM has handed his expensive watch of 70 lakhs to the Speaker. I think Mr Narendra Modi hears far more than you credit him with Mr hi. That is the reason his office copes with a huge volume of mail. That is also the reason you rant at him and try to lower his standing among the people. That is the reason Mr Owaisi while knowing fully well all that is being done by the ministry of minority affairs cribbed about the hours that Mr Modi clocking in. He asked the Govt to enhance the no of scholarships based on demand. Just the fact that Modi is speaking at this Sufi conference means he hears and is responding. Your taunts are however not going down well with the average Indian believe me. You may not hear this message given the sycophancy that surrounds you. I would worry about myself not Mr Modi.
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                      Aro
                      Mar 3, 2016 at 11:41 am
                      Rahul hi is right about black money . cant deny that
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                        Arun
                        Mar 3, 2016 at 6:55 am
                        Wonderful analysis of the RSS govt by Rahul hi. Hope this RSS govt gives respect of the youth of this nation by listening to their views and not be INTOLERANT towards them.
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                        1. अशोक.गोविंद.शहा
                          Mar 3, 2016 at 2:52 am
                          vande mataram- only ediots needs lession to learn and after 44 level if you did not learn any lession and could not croos argument to the point you will cheer only by sycophants without asking for advoice if given did not have any value people are more learned than half mad leaders jagate rahao
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                            Atul Baviskar
                            Mar 3, 2016 at 1:18 pm
                            Rahul has no education, no real work, no background . i am not interested in rahul or congress. I am interested in what Modi ji says. He is man of real work, background, real experience.
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                              SK
                              Mar 4, 2016 at 1:34 am
                              Sehan you are absolutely right. Indian Express need treatment of the emergency days. The reporters may be making more money for the paper by printing paid news but certainly hurting the soul of its founder.
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                                Avik Basu
                                Mar 3, 2016 at 3:04 am
                                He is fair and he is lovely only till he hasnt opened his mouth and not made the silly grin....
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                                  Avik Basu
                                  Mar 3, 2016 at 3:02 am
                                  If I could silence the baby...I would take the easier route. TEAR away the paper that he was reading from. Does baby know what the economy is? Sweet child...what is the difference between economy and autonomy? When I say autonomy I mean autonomy from the paper that he was reading from!!!!!
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                                    Avik Basu
                                    Mar 3, 2016 at 2:01 am
                                    Yesterday I read a joke. That after completing his shout and expert speech..his mother gave him a lollypop which he liked and licked away. This guy would not have been a taluka leader had he not been born in the "family". Poor thing and how long he will keep making his baby remarks is anybody's guess.
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                                      bala Raja
                                      Mar 3, 2016 at 9:11 am
                                      Rahul is right. A rare occasion, but he's right. Modi style of functioning is silence on critical issues, big speeches on trivial ideas and zero action. Modi is pontificator-in-chief of India, with a great liking for his own voice.
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                                        Darrow Clarence
                                        Mar 3, 2016 at 3:15 am
                                        Entire sangh parivar and its political face Bjp is the edifice built on deceit, spreading rumors, brazenly telling unvarnished lies, distorting history; destined to crumble down. the cracks are already appearing. Not long before in history Bjp is considered an untouchable by other parties to ociate. Now the situation is back to the same in J and K, its former ally is hesitating to tie up with renew its tie up. in Tamilnadu Bjp has to contend coalition with a tiny party and even that has not yet materialized. In Telangana TDP which has a good voter base got virtually wiped out for its alliance with BJP. The writing is clearly on the wall.
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                                          Darrow Clarence
                                          Mar 3, 2016 at 2:50 am
                                          Except in the foulmouthed and partisan sangh parivar people and uninformed social media I donot find any where, any reason to doubt his intelligence. Further he reacts to the happenings around him and won't act a Nero at times when thousands are butchered under his very nose in riots and people are lynched by mob near him.
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                                            Darrow Clarence
                                            Mar 3, 2016 at 3:29 am
                                            There is no nationalism ever in the blood of sangh parivar are its founding fathers. the group dint have any respect for the country, its flag or the law of the land. following is a quote from Wikipedia "The RSS hoisted the National Flag of India at its headquarters in Nagpur, on 14 August 1947 and on the 26th January, 1950 and stopped doing so since then.[77] This issue had always been a source of controversy. In 2001, three activists of Rashtrapremi Yuwa Dal– president Baba Mendhe, and members Ramesh Kalambe and Dilip Chattani — along with others allegedly entered the RSS headquarters in Reshimbagh, Nagpur on 26 January, Republic Day of India and forcibly hoisted the national flag there amid patriotic slogans. They contended that RSS had never before or after independence, ever hoisted the tri-colour in their premises, even on Independence Day and Republic Day. Offences under relevant section of Bombay Police Act and IPC were registered by Police against the trio, resulting in their being jailed. They were released after 11 years in 2013.[78][79] The arrests and the flag-hoisting issue stoked a controversy, which was raised in the Parliament as well. In 2002, subsequently the National Flag was raised in the RSS headquarters on the occasion of Republic Day for the first time, after 52 years."
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