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From 'Fair and Lovely' yojana to Gandhi vs Savarkar and JNU: Rahul Gandhi takes potshots at Modi govt

Addressing The MPs, Rahul Said, When I Salute The Flag, I Don’t Salute The Cloth, But The Relationships It Represents. A Nation Is The Relationship Between Its People. It Is Nothing But The Conversation Between Its Citizens. You Are Not Defending The Flag When You Silence Dissent.'

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Devika Chhibber | Updated on: 02 Mar 2016, 08:36:13 PM

New Delhi :

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi did some spirited talks in Parliament after raising the JNU and Dalit Scholar Rohith Vemula issue in Parliament.

Addressing the MPs, Rahul said, "When I salute the flag, I don’t salute the cloth, but the relationships it represents. A nation is the relationship between its people. It is nothing but the conversation between its citizens. You are not defending the flag when you silence dissent.”

Speaking about JNUSU leader Kanhaiya Kumar, Rahul said, “I had heard the whole speech, not a word in his speech was anti-national. Mr Modi did not call Rohith Vemula's mother. He did not say anything about him. Why didn't PM Modi say anything when JNU students, teachers and media were beaten up in court.”

He also asked why is government shielding black money holders?

“Launched a 'Fair and Lovely' yojana to convert black money into white. How much employment you (Modi) have created.”

Speaking in the Lok Sabha, Rahul questioned Narendra Modi about his visits to Pakistan and Chai pe Charcha with Nawaz Sharif.

“Whose opinion does the PM listen to? Whose opinion does he respect, his ministers? Hear to Rajnath Singh, Lal Krishna Advani and Sushma Swaraj and take decisions wisely.”

Taking a dig at Rashtriya Swayam Sewak, Rahul mentioned, “RSS taught you that there is only one truth, your own. I make mistakes, I am not from RSS. The country is not the Prime Minister, the Prime Minister is not the country.”

Later, uproar was also witnessed in Lok Sabha over Gandhi vs Savarkar comment by Rahul Gandhi.

He said in Hindi, “Bhaiya ek baat btao. Mai ek baat samjha nhi. Maine ek baat kahi, Gandhiji humare hain aur Savarkar aapke. Isme kya galat hai. Savarkar aapke nhi hain kya? Aapne unhe utha kar fenk dia kya? Jawaab dijiye.”

Answer the country, he questioned.

Meanwhile, BJP denounced Rahul Gandhi for his attack on the government in the Lok Sabha today, saying it was “full of drama but lacked in content”, while calling the Congress vice president a “lying machine” and a “non-serious, part-time politician”.

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First Published : 02 Mar 2016, 05:17:00 PM