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Rahul Gandhi launches ‘jumla’ strike on BJP, hugs PM Modi during debate

Rahul Gandhi also said that he has no hatred for prime minister, the BJP and the RSS, and instead thanked them for teaching him the meaning of "Congress, life and being a Hindu." 

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: July 20, 2018 5:46:30 pm
Rahul Gandhi targetted the central government over what he termed as “jumlas”. (Photo Courtesy: Lok Sabha TV)

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday, in a no-holds-barred attack on the Modi government, took a swipe at Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman saying she lied over the Rafale deal. He added that PM Modi cannot “look me in the eye” owing to this as “he knows he cannot be truthful”.

Rahul Gandhi also added that he has no hatred for prime minister, the BJP and the RSS, and instead thanked them for teaching him the meaning of “Congress, life and being a Hindu.” “You can call me Pappu, give me names, but I will never have hatred for you,” Gandhi said, walking over to PM Modi and taking him into an embrace.

“The Defence Minister said the details of Rafale deal cannot be revealed as India has a secrecy pact with the French govt. The fact of the matter is that the French President has personally told me that there is no secret pact between the two governments. That contract was withdrawn from HAL and given to the gentleman who benefitted approximately Rs 40,000 crores. The Defence Minister has clearly spoken an untruth. The PM must explain whether the Cabinet committee on security benefitted from this dead. Why has a businessman benefitted?” Gandhi said as he took forward the no-confidence motion debate.

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“The difference between us and PM and Amit Shah is that we are willing to lose power,” Rahul Gandhi said. (ANI)

Looking directly at PM Modi, Gandhi said, “The PM is smiling but there is a touch of nervousness in the gentleman and he is looking away from me. He cannot look into my eyes, I understand that. The prime minister cannot be truthful, I understand.” The House erupts to laughter on this. “The difference between us and PM and Amit Shah is that we are willing to lose power. The PM and president of BJP can’t afford to lose power, because when they do other processes will start against them. The prime minister and BJP president act out of fear. This is the fear that is translating in India.”

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Questioning PM Modi’s silence over the lynching cases in India, Rahul said, “”Whenever someone is attacked, it is an attack on BR Ambedkar, the Constitution and this House. There are reports of attacks on Dalits, Adivasis, minorities. The prime minister never says a word about them. Are they not a part of our country? Instead, their ministers go and garland the convicts.”

Labeling the various promises made by Modi government as “jumlas,” Gandhi said, ” The symptoms of the ‘jumla strike’ are a great sense of excitement, happiness, there is a feeling of shock and then there are 8-hour-long speeches.” Talking to TPD leader Jayadev Galla, who had opened the debate earlier, Gandhi said, “You are the victim of a 21st-century political weapon and you are not the only one. The political weapon is called the ‘jumla strike.’

New Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi interacts with Prime Minister Narendra Modi after his speech in the Lok Sabha (PTI)

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Listing the “jumlas of the NDA government,” Gandhi said, “You said every person will get Rs 15 lakh – this is jumla No 1. You said two crore youth will get jobs every year, this is jumla No 2. In 2016-17, all over the country, four lakh people have got jobs according to the labour survey. The Indian youth had faith in the PM as in every speech of his he said he will give 2 crore jobs to the youth.” Speaking to the PM, he added, “Wherever you go, you speak about jobs — make pakodas, open shops… who will give jobs? Jobs will be given by small business and shops.”

Targeting the prime minister over note-ban exercise, Modi said, “At 8 pm you decided to act against black money and initiated the process of demonetisation. Maybe you didn’t understand that farmers and the poor transact in cash.”

Adding that the Modi government is a ‘suit-buit sarkar,’ Gandhi said, “”The PM doesn’t go out… he travels abroad but never leaves his security cordon. He doesn’t speak to small businessmen. What’s in the heart of the poor and marginalised doesn’t reach the PM.”

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