Rahul Gandhi‘s comments in front of the Lok Sabha were denounced by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, who demanded an apology from the former head of the Congress.
Rahul Gandhi’s remarks about “Indian democracy coming undone” in the UK have caused a new flashpoint in parliament today, according to New Delhi. The Opposition charged that the BJP, which is in power, was attempting to deflect attention from the Adani-Hindenburg dispute by demanding his apology.
Here are 10 facts on this big story:
- Rajnath Singh, the defence minister, criticised Rahul Gandhi for his comments in the Lok Sabha shortly after lawmakers gathered for the second round of the Budget session and demanded an apology from the former Congress leader.
- “In London, Rahul Gandhi, a member of this Parliament, attacked India. I demand that all members of this House denounce his remarks and that he be asked to apologise to the country “Rajnath Singh stated in the Lok Sabha.
- Union Minister Piyush Goyal called it “shameful” that a senior leader had disparaged India’s democracy on foreign territory in the Rajya Sabha.
- As the Congress retaliated by claiming that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had similarly disparaged previous regimes abroad, a number of other BJP ministers echoed the call. Lawmakers from the opposition demonstrated in front of the house. The Lok Sabha was adjourned as a result of the pandemonium.
- “Those smashing and destroying democracy are talking of protecting it,” Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, told reporters later. In addition to supporting the Congress, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and K Chandrasekhar Rao’s BRS took part in the united opposition press conference. Trinamool Congress, the party of Mamata Banerjee, choose not to attend.
- At a meeting this morning, top BJP leaders reportedly decided that party MPs would strongly oppose Rahul Gandhi’s comments in both houses. PM Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh and other Union Ministers, Piyush Goyal, Pralhad Joshi and Anurag Thakur, were at the meeting.
- Leaders of the opposition met earlier today to finalise their floor plans. They talked about strategies for confronting the administration over topics such the suspected abuse of investigative agencies and the Adani-Hindenburg controversy. 16 parties participated in the meeting, which was conducted in Mallikarjun Kharge’s office..
- According to Mr. Kharge, the opposition will continue to call for a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) to look into the accusations made against the Adani Group by US short seller Hindenburg Research.
- A protest against what it claims is agency abuse has also been announced by Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS). The Enforcement Directorate questioned party leader K Kavitha Tuesday in relation to the matter involving the Delhi liquor policy.
- The Parliament’s budget session, which started on January 31, is anticipated to end on April 6.
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