In lieu of his comments on India, Rajnath Singh demands an apology from Rahul Gandhi
On 13th March, In the Lok Sabha, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh hit out at Rahul Gandhi for his comments on India during his UK visit. Rajnath Singh demands an apology from Rahul Gandhi over the latter’s accusatory comments on India and democracy. Rajnath Singh said, “Rahul Gandhi, who is a member of this House, insulted India in London. I demand that his statements should be condemned by all members of this House and he should be asked to apologize before the House.”
A brief recap of what Gandhi remarked in the UK
At the British Parliament, from his talks on Democracy in India, Pegasus row, the China threat and the BJP rule in India, Congress MP from Wayanad Rahul Gandhi openly touched upon several issues.
Rahul Gandhi in London accused the BJP their “idea is to use the democratic contest to come to power and then subvert the democratic contest afterwards”. And that, “they’ve been capturing the different institutions of our country: the press, judiciary, Parliament, Election Commission – all the institutions are under pressure, under threat and controlled in one way or another.”
He also said, “Our mikes are not out of order, they are functioning, but you still can’t switch them on. That’s happened to me a number of times while I am speaking”. To this, Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar, stated, “(I have) never stopped anyone from speaking in the House.”
“Before the BJP was in power for 10 years, we were in power for 10 years. The BJP likes to believe that they have come to power in India and they are going to be in power eternally, that’s not the case,” he said adding that “a whole bunch of repair work needs to be done.”
These and several other comments were lashed at the BJP government by Gandhi. Rajnath Singh and several others from the ruling party found these comments by the opposition leader shameful leading to the Defence Minister’s demand, “Rahul Gandhi insulted India, should apologize before the House.”
Kharge supporting Gandhi: ‘There is no rule of law and democracy under Modi ji’
Kharge has retorted by advising the Modi govt, ” First see the ‘Mirror of Truth,’ before lecturing the Congress party.” On Monday, after the joint press conference in Parliament, Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge tweeted: “@narendramodi ji I want to remind you of your statement made in China. You said – “Earlier, you felt ashamed of being born Indian. Now you feel proud to represent the country” Was this not an insult to India and Indians? Tell your Ministers to refresh their memories!”
In South Korea, you had said –
"There was a time when people used to feel that what sin they committed in their past life which resulted in taking birth in India, is this what you call a country…"
First see the ‘Mirror of Truth’, before lecturing the Congress party!
— Mallikarjun Kharge (@kharge) March 13, 2023
Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha proceedings on Monday have been adjourned till 2 pm amid uproar over Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s democracy remarks, with the government laying stress on his apology.
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