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Modi doesn’t behave like PM: Rahul Gandhi on ‘tubelight’ taunt

In a sharp retort to Narendra Modi's 'tubelight' jibe at him, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said the former does not "behave in a prime ministerial way".

Maharashtra elections, Haryana elections, elections live, modi rally today, narendra modi, rahul gandhi, rahul rally today, election news On Thursday, PM Modi described Congress leader Rahul Gandhi as a “tubelight”. (File Photo)

Delivering a sharp retort to Narendra Modi’s ‘tubelight’ jibe at Rahul Gandhi, the former Congress president and Wayanad MP Friday said the former does not behave like a prime minister.

“Normally, a prime minister has a particular status, a prime minister has a particular way of behaving, a particular stature, our prime minister doesn’t have these. He does not behave in a prime ministerial way,” Gandhi said while speaking with the reporters outside Parliament.

His response came a day after Modi, while speaking in the Lok Sabha, said, “I have been speaking for 30-40 minutes but it took this long for the current to reach. Many tubelights are like this,” he said, leading to much merriment among NDA members. PM Modi’s reaction came after Gandhi rose from his seat and questioned him on the issue of unemployment.

Gandhi also alleged that the ruckus in the Lok Sabha on Friday was a planned one to restrict him from questioning the government. “We are being stifled and we are not being allowed to speak in Parliament… They have suppressed our voices,” the Congress leader was quoted as saying by news agency PTI. 

An uproar in the Lok Sabha over BJP MP Harsh Vardhan’s remarks against Gandhi led to the adjournment of the House at 2 pm.

“The orchestrated ruckus in Parliament today was designed to prevent me from questioning the Govt. The youth of India can clearly see that the PM has no clue about how to tackle the unemployment crisis. To protect him, the BJP will keep disrupting Parliament, preventing debate,” the Congress leader said in a tweet.

First published on: 07-02-2020 at 16:20 IST
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