Rahul Gandhi's speech showed the true colours of the ruling party and the opposition, read what he said on which issue

Ananya Shroff
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New Delhi: A glimpse of the strength and hallmark of a strong opposition was seen during the address of Leader of Opposition Rahul Gandhi during the motion of thanks on the President's address on Monday, where Rahul Gandhi and PM Modi and the ministers of his government came face to face. In his address of about an hour and a quarter, Rahul Gandhi tried to corner the Modi government and BJP on various issues like NEET, Agniveer, inflation, fear and hatred in the society. During this, PM Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, Union Minister Bhupendra Yadav and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kiren Rijiju had to intervene on PM Modi's allegations. Leaders like Rijiju and Bhupendra Yadav opposed Rahul Gandhi's allegations citing the rules in the House.

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Rahul and cabinet face to face

Rahul-PM Modi

Rahul Gandhi attacked BJP's Hindutva and said that those who call themselves Hindus keep talking about violence, hatred and untruth 24 hours a day. These people are not Hindus at all. You are not Hindus at all. It is clearly written in Hinduism that one should stand with the truth. One should not step back from the truth. Non-violence should be spread. On this, PM Modi intervened and said that this is a very serious matter. Calling the entire Hindu community violent is a serious matter. On this, Rahul replied that I called BJP violent, Narendra Modi is not the entire Hindu society. BJP is not the entire Hindu society. RSS is not the entire Hindu society. On another occasion, when Rahul Gandhi was attacking the government, PM Modi stood up and said that this Constitution has taught me that I should take the leader of the opposition seriously.

Rahul-Home Minister Shah

Opposing Rahul Gandhi's statement that Hindus are violent, Home Minister Amit Shah said that perhaps he does not know that crores of people proudly call themselves Hindus. Do they all commit violence? It is not right to associate the spirit of violence with any religion and that too by a person sitting on a constitutional post in this House. I think he should apologize for this. Also, taking a dig at Rahul Gandhi for mentioning Abhay Mudra in different religions, Amit Shah said that I would like to request him (the Leader of Opposition) to once take the opinion of Islamic scholars on Abhay Mudra in Islam. He should take the opinion of SGPC on Guru Nanak Sahib's Abhay Mudra. Shah hit back at Rahul and said that he has no right to talk about Abhay.

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They have terrorised the whole country during the Emergency. Lakhs of people were jailed. If there was ever ideological terror, it was your Emergency. Interestingly, Amit Shah, while accusing Rahul, told the Chair that the Leader of the Opposition (as the Leader of the Opposition) is speaking in the House for the first time, but he is going against the rules. He told the Speaker that we need your protection. The House does not run like this. Also, Amit Shah demanded Rahul Gandhi to apologise to the House, Agniveers, Hindu society and the country. After Rahul's address, the Home Minister stood up and demanded the Speaker to ask Rahul Gandhi to verify his speech according to the rules, as many ministers have said that Rahul Gandhi's speech does not contain the correct facts.

Rahul-Defense Minister Rajnath Singh

On the other hand, Rahul Gandhi attacked the government over the Agniveer Yojana and said that through this scheme the government discriminates between the army personnel and on the death of Agniveers they do not get the status of martyr and their families do not get pension and assistance like a common soldier. On this, Rajnath Singh rejected Rahul Gandhi's allegations and said that the opposition leaders are making false statements in the House, while the truth is that there is a provision of assistance of Rs 1 crore to the family of the Agniveer who lost his life. Rahul Gandhi alleged that the Agniveer Yojana is not the brainchild of the army, but the brainchild of the Prime Minister. Registering strong objection to this allegation, the Defense Minister said that this allegation is completely wrong. Before implementing this scheme, the Defense Ministry had communicated with 158 organizations. Citing the UK and the US, he said that there is a provision of such a scheme in many countries.

Rahul-Agriculture Minister

Rahul Gandhi cornered the central government on the issue of MSP for farmers and said that the government is not giving MSP to the farmers, then Agriculture Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, while registering his objection to this allegation, accused Rahul Gandhi of misstatement and said that procurement on MSP is still going on. He hit back at Rahul Gandhi and said that he should tell how much procurement was done on MSP when his government was in power. He challenged Rahul to investigate that procurement is not happening on MSP. On this, Rahul said that it is not just about MSP, it is about SMP with legal guarantee.

Rahul- About Speaker Birla

In his address, Rahul Gandhi also commented on the Lok Sabha Speaker. He told Birla that when you were elected Speaker, as per the tradition of the House, I and PM Modi went to the Chair to see you off. You stood up and shook hands with me, while you bowed down to greet PM Modi. On this, the Speaker clarified that he follows his values ​​and culture. The Prime Minister is the leader of the House. In public life and in personal life, our values ​​are that when we meet someone older than us, we should bow down and respect them and at the same time we should meet people younger than us by treating them as equals. I follow this culture and values. The Speaker said that I can say this to the Chair. My culture is to bow down and respect elders and touch their feet if needed. On this clarification, Rahul Gandhi told the Speaker that he respects his words. I will bow my head in front of you and the entire opposition will bow their heads in front of you.' At the same time, when Rahul Gandhi showed pictures of gods and great men of different religions in the House, the Speaker advised him to avoid doing so.

Pro vs con during Rahul's speech

During Rahul Gandhi's address, there were a lot of allegations and counter-allegations between the ruling party and the opposition. In the House, Rahul was sometimes seen attacking the government on important issues and sometimes making sarcastic remarks on PM Modi and his government, which was opposed by the ruling party, while the opposition was seen cheering Rahul Gandhi and supporting him by thumping the tables. From the ruling party, Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut, who was recently elected from Mandi, was also seen criticizing a lot. When Rahul Gandhi took a dig at PM Modi that the PM gets the order from God at 8 pm, Kangana immediately interrupted him and said that he gets the order from Lord Ram, to which Rahul smiled and said in a sarcastic tone that yes, he gets the order from Lord Ram.

Priyanka and Sonia were present

When Rahul came to speak on the motion of thanks on the President's address, his mother and Congress Parliamentary Party leader Sonia Gandhi and Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi were also present in the visitors' gallery. Amidst the allegations and counter-allegations, the two were seen discussing among themselves in between. Many Rajya Sabha MPs and big leaders were seen sitting in the gallery of the Lok Sabha to watch this address.

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