Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday launched a scathing attack on the Narendra Modi government in Lok Sabha over a number of issues ranging from black money to price rise to JNU issue.
Rahul Gandhi said the government had launched a 'Fair and Lovely Yojana' to convert black money into white money. "Nobody who has black money will be jailed under Modi's 'Fair and Lovely' scheme. All those who have black money can make it white under this scheme," he said.
He said he was shocked to see Finance Minister Arun Jaitley launching such scheme. Rahul further said the prime minister failed to fulfil his poll promise of bringing the black money from foreign countries.
JNU and Rohit Vemula
Attacking Narendra Modi over the issue of the suicide of Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula, Rahul Gandhi said the prime minister neither called up his mother nor did he speak on the issue.
He also slammed the government over the ongoing Jawaharlal Nehru University row. "I had heard (JNUSU president) Kanhaiya's whole speech, not a word in his speech was anti-national."
Kanhaiya was arrested and slapped with sedition charges by Delhi police after allegations of anti-national activities in JNU.
He said the government could not "crush the JNU" or the "poor people of the country," Rahul said.
"Why were you silent, Modi ji, when journalists, teachers and students were beaten," he further asked.
Modi's Pakistan approach
Rahul lashed out at Modi's unexpected Lahore visit in December last saying the prime minister “did not bother to ask anyone” before making such a trip.
The prime minister doesn't want to listen to anyone, including his External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, he said.
“Pakistan directly attacked this country in Mumbai. They trained and sent killers into Mumbai. And what does the PM do? He decides to have to go to Pakistan and have a cup of tea with (Pakistan Prime Minister) Nawaz Sharif, without any vision,” Rahul said.
He said the United Progress Alliance government led by the Congress had scored a diplomatic victory over Pakistan and “destroyed their reputation” after the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.
Rahul said: “He (Modi) destroyed six years of our hard work. He gifted them (Pakistan) a status and put them out of the cage we had put them in. He disrespected the national flag, the oath, those who died in Mumbai.”
“The PM has to listen to others. Listen to Rajnath Singh ji, Sushma Swaraj ji, Advani ji…Listen to your MPs. We don’t hate you. Listen to your own people, listen to the voice of next generation,” Rahul said in Lok Sabha.
The Congress leader attacked Modi for signing a peace pact with the NSCN without consulting Home Minister Rajnath Singh and chief ministers of Nagaland and neighbouring states.
Where is the accord now, Gandhi asked. "It has vanished into thin air."