Congress leader Rahul Gandhi speaking to reporters inside Parliament premises on February 6, 2020. (Photo Credit: Twitter/ANI)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has responded to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 100-minute speech in the Lok Sabha, saying that the PM spoke about Congress, Jawaharlal Nehru and Pakistan but didn't say a word on unemployment. The Congress MP from Kerala's Wayanad said that the prime minister was trying to distract the country from core issues.
"The biggest issue today is unemployment and jobs, we asked PM many times, but he did not say a word on this. Earlier, the Finance Minister gave a long speech but she also did not say a word on it. PM Modi's style is to distract the country from core issues. He talks of Congress, of Jawaharlal Nehru, of Pakistan, etc but not of core issues," Gandhi told reporters when asked about Modi's speech.
The former Congress chief said that 1.5 crore youths lost their jobs last year and the prime minister didn't utter a single word on it. "PM was silent on it," he added. His reply came in response to PM Modi's speech in the Lok Sabha earlier today.
In his reply to a debate on Motion of Thanks to the President's Address, Modi hit out at the Opposition and hailed his government's achievements in Lok Sabha. Modi highlighted decisions on Article 370, triple talaq and Ram Janmabhoomi as achievements of his government. He said if his government had worked in the same manner as previous one, these matters would still be a problem.
Talking about the anti-CAA protests, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also accused the Congress and the Left of inciting people at protest sites while making it clear that the Citizenship Act will neither impact any Indian citizen nor harm minority interests.
"I want to clearly state that with the CAA coming, there will be no impact on any citizen of India, practising any faith. CAA does not affect any Indian, it doesn't harm minority interests," he said in his more than 90-minute long reply.