Won’t let land bill pass in Parliament, says Rahul Gandhi

Takes dig at Modi, says 56 inch chest will be reduced to 5.6 inch in Parliament.

Written by Mahim Pratap Singh | New Delhi | Updated: July 18, 2015 12:52 am
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Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi Friday said his party would not allow the land amendment bill to be passed in the Parliament. He was addressing Congress workers at Birla Auditorium in the city.

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“When it came to farmers, they said they will bring an ordinance. Thrice they brought an ordinance. But mind you, we will not let the land bill be passed in the Parliament,” Rahul said.

“The 56 inch chest will be reduced to 5.6 inch in the Parliament,” he said, alluding to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popular poll time remark.

Just before Rahul started his speech, there was silence in the hall packed with Congress delegates. It was broken by a disgruntled party worker who stood up to vent out his discontent. Later in his speech, Rahul referred to the incident to show he had learned to turn negatives into positives. “This gentleman stood up and said he was angry. We heard him out and now he seems happy. Would it have happened in the BJP, Modi ji would have asked him to get out. Forget party workers, he has silenced even Advani ji,” Rahul said.

“During elections, he (Modi) said, na khaunga, na khane doonga. But today, we have the Lalit Modi sarkar in Rajasthan, the Vyapam sarkar in Madhya Pradesh, the Munde sarkar in Maharashtra and naan sarkar in Chhattisgarh. And the 56-inch PM has not a word to say,” he said. “This is not the voice of Rahul Gandhi. This is the voice of people of India,” he added. He said the Union Cabinet comprises only one minister — the Prime Minister. “It is like a Rajasthani puppet show, with several colourful characters. But their strings are pulled by Modi ji. If Modi ji does this, you do that,” Gandhi said.

“This is not how it works in Congress. We give space to all voices and when you do that, there is bound to be differences. Earlier I used to think internal differences within the Congress could be resolved. But now I know it is not possible,” he quipped.

‘Lalit Modi controls Raje Government’

Jaipur: On his second day in Rajasthan, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi launched a scathing attack on Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje by referring to the ruling BJP government as the “Lalit Modi sarkar”. “You remember the film Lagaan? The villagers had problems paying their taxes. So they went to the British officers. But the officials were controlled from London. 100 years have passed, but the state government’s remote control is still in London,” he said.

“There he (Lalit Modi) presses the button, here she (Raje) acts. Earlier, those who ruled India signed off their authority to the British. Your CM too, signed and told the British government that I want to help a fugitive, but please don’t tell Indian government,” he said. ENS

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