Rahul Gandhi began his speech at the Lok Sabha on Thursday with an attack on PM Narendra Modi for his inability to contain price rise of basic necessities. As he spoke at length on the issue of inflation in the country, his party members sat on the edge of their seats, praying perhaps that the Congress leader does not end up causing another embarrassment for the party.
The Congress vice-president was recently caught napping in Lok Sabha as the house discussed the crucial topic of Dalit attacks in Gujarat. The incident brought out the best of humour among social media users as they trolled him. Gandhi’s presence in the Parliament has often resulted in the internet troll community being spurred to hit out again at their favourite punching boy.
However, Rahul Gandhi has made some noticeable speeches in the House over the past few years: Here are excerpts of some his the speeches in the Lok Sabha that have managed to garner nationwide attention.
Fair and lovely yojana
In March this year, Gandhi made headlines with his speech at the Lok Sabha where he criticised the government over a range of issues including black money and the suicide of Rohith Vermula. A part of his speech that was special favourite among viewers and social media users was when he referred to PM Modi’s policy on black money being a ‘fair and lovely’ scheme.
“Modi ji had promised that he will put people with black money behind bars, now they have come up with way to save those people. Their policy to check black money is nothing but a Fair & Lovely scheme”
He went on to criticise the government on their inability to create sufficient jobs with the following
Make in India ka babbar sher taiyyar kia. Jahan dekho babbar sher, main puchhta hoon aapne kitne logon ko rozgaar kia? (PM Modi created make in India Babbar sher (lion), but how many jobs did he create?)
He further condemned the centre for the clampdown on the JNU students and for religious radicalism.
Cheatsheet for Parliament speech
In August 2015, Twitteratti had a particularly fun day as they took digs on Rahul Gandhi’s speech at Lok Sabha on the debate surrounding Lalit Modi. However this time, it was not his verbal word that made news, but rather his written word. A photograph published by Telegraph showed Gandhi’s speech as written down by him. While it is not uncommon for politicians to write down their speeches, what was special about Gandhi’s speech was that his speech that was communicated in Hindi, was written down in the Roman script.
“Log PM Modi ko sunna chahte hai, woh unki rai janna chahte hai, Modigate par, Vyapam par.”
“Logon ko Modi ji ki jagah Maun Modi dikh raha hai”
Suit boot ki sarkaar
When Rahul Gandhi made a come back after disappearing for about two months with a speech in the Lok Sabha that severely attacked the Modi government for their inability to tackle with the issue of poverty. Even though he was interrupted by BJP members on numerous occasions, his 20-minute speech was talk of the country for a while.
“Let me give the PM an advice. Why doesn’t he go and see for himself how much damage the farmers are facing? Wherever people are in pain, people are in difficulties, why doesn’t he go there and speak to them? The wheat stock is lying in the markets because the government is not taking it…you are kicking the farmers away whenever they are asking for fertilisers,”
He went on to take a dig at the PM’s suit that he wore during his visit to the US when he said
Yeh to suit-boot ki sarkar hai (This is a government of the suit and boot),” he said, adding, “Chalo, suit ki baat khatam ho gayi hai (The talk about suit is over). You auctioned it. I will not speak about it now. Happy?
Rahul Gandhi might not be the best person when it comes to delivering political speeches, but for sure, his speeches never go unnoticed. Even if he is caught “sleeping” during the session, he definitely manages to wake up everyone the moment he decides to speak.