Rahul Gandhi launches counter-attack after Sushma Swaraj’s stinging reply on Lalit Modi issue

In a spirited fight back, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today tore into Congress, saying it had helped Bofors accused Ottavio Quattrocchi and Bhopal gas leak accused Warren Anderson flee from India and roped in Rajiv Gandhi in this regard.

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In a spirited fight back, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today tore into Congress, saying it had helped Bofors accused Ottavio Quattrocchi and Bhopal gas leak accused Warren Anderson flee from India and roped in Rajiv Gandhi in this regard.

Highlights of the day in Lok Sabha

6:15 pm: Adjournment Motion against Sushma Swaraj defeated in Lok Sabha by voice vote after Congress stages walkout.

6:15 pm: Congress stated resignation first discussion later..Is how Congress want the house to function: Naidu

6:15pm Congress maligning image of the best serving foreign minister: Venkiah Naidu

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6:09 pm: Rahul Gandhi an expert without knowledge: Jaitley

6:09 pm: Govt rejects all charges against Sushma Swaraj and question of her resignation doesn’t arise: Jaitley

5:55 pm: Opposition walks out as Jaitley speaks.

5:48 pm: No facts only false allegations by Congress against Sushma Swaraj: Jaitley

5:46 pm: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley speaks in Lok Sabha

5:44 pm: Why were you discreet about helping Lalit Modi: Rahul Gandhi

5:43 pm: PM is not here as he doesn’t have guts to face the house: Rahul Gandhi.

5: 39 pm: Sushma Swaraj couldn’t even look into my eyes: Rahul Gandhi

5:37 pm: Rahul attacks PM Narendra Modi for being silent on Lalit Modi row

5:37 pm: Rahul Gandhi responds to Sushma Swaraj’s speech.

3:36 pm:  Ruckus in Lok Sabha after Sushma Swaraj’s speech.

3:23 pm: ED during previous UPA regime didn’t act against Lalit Modi: Sushma

3:22 pm: I want to ask UPA what did they do to bring back Lalit Modi: Sushma

3:22 pm: No progress in Lalit Modi case for four years during the previous UPA regime: Sushma.

Sushma Swaraj hits back at Congress, targets Rajiv Gandhi

3:21 pm: Rahul Gandhi should ask his mother how much money she got from Quattrocchi: Sushma on Congress allegation of quid pro quo.

3:16 pm: Rahul Gandhi is fond of going on holidays, I suggest him to go on another vacation and do introspection, says Sushma.

3:15 pm: Anderson was flown out of India by Congress men: Sushma.

3:13 pm: Congress MPs raise slogans as Sushma reads lines form former MP chief minister Arjun Singh’s autobiography.

3:10 pm: Congress allowed free escape to Warren Anderson and Quattrocchi: Sushma.

3:08 pm: There is no conflict of interest in my case, in fact it’s there in P Chidambaram’s case, says Sushma.

3:04 pm: Sushma’s statement comes amidst loud sloganeering by the Congress party.

2:55 pm: I listened to all of Kharge’s statement. But now they are raising slogans and protesting in the House: Sushma Swaraj

2:15 pm: It has been learnt that a BJP MP made remarks against Sonia Gandhi’s family which prompted Congress leaders to troop into the well. The Lok Sabha has been adjourned till 2:45 pm

1:45 pm: The Lok Sabha is now adjourned. It appears that a BJP lawmaker had said something which provoked a stream of leaders led by Sonia Gandhi herself to troop into the well of the House. Amidst total uproar, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourned the House for some time.

1:28 pm: So we have asked 7 questions on this matter. We want answers from the Prime Minister: Kharge

1:21 pm: We want answers from Prime Minister Narendra Modi: Kharge

1:15 pm: You are very good in giving speeches: Kharge tells Sushma Swaraj.

1:10 pm: We are asking for your resignation on valid grounds: Kharge

1:00 pm: If you wanted to help Lalit Modi’s wife under humanitarian grounds, you could have done it as per the law. But you made it seem as if we were all without sentiments and feelings: Congress’s Mallikarjun Kharge

BACKGROUND

When the House assembled in the morning, the Congress moved an adjournment motion on the issue. The government listed for the discussion to be taken up under rule 193, which does not entail voting. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who is in the eye of a storm over her links to the former IPL chief said: “Please accept their adjournment motion. Suspend the business of the house and debate the issue. Let only members of the opposition speak led by the Leader of Congress in the house Mallikarjun Kharge.”

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who is in the eye of a storm over her links to the former IPL chief said: “Please accept their adjournment motion. Suspend the business of the house and debate the issue. Let only members of the opposition speak led by the Leader of Congress in the house Mallikarjun Kharge.”

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“But my only request is that when I reply they should all be present in the house to listen to me,” Swaraj said. Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu also said that the government was ready to discuss the matter under an adjournment motion.

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Kharge, however, said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should be present in the house when the matter is discussed.

“We have given an adjournment motion and you have rejected it. But we want you to suspend all business and take it up. But the prime minister should be present in the house as he has to take action against his ministers,” he said.

The speaker said she was ready for the matter to be discussed under an adjournment motion, but after the question hour was over.

“I have disallowed it. But if everybody wants then this can be taken up. But according to procedure it can be taken up only after question hour.”

The Congress disagreed with this and insisted on suspension of question hour.

Following this, the Congress members returned to their slogan shouting near the speaker’s podium.

(With IANS inputs)

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