The BJP on Friday launched a countrywide “expose Congress” campaign, holding over 28 conferences, in which the Congress top leadership, specifically Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, were blamed for stalling Parliament without any valid reason.
In Delhi, Union Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad trained his guns on Rahul Gandhi, questioning his leadership credentials while his Cabinet colleagues Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Health Minister JP Nadda, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar, Chemical and Fertiliser Minister Ananth Kumar and Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, among others, hit out at the top Congress brass at different venues.
The real reason behind Congress disrupting Parliament was that it wanted to block GST Bill and the country’s economic growth, Parrikar charged in Dehradun while Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore accused the Opposition party of putting the interest of the Nehru-Gandhi family before that of the country.
Prasad targeted Rahul Gandhi for participating in a protest organised by Army personnel to demand implementation of the One Rank One Pension scheme.
“Hit and run, and spit and run are the two principals of Rahul Gandhi’s politics... How many times will Sonia Gandhi try to package and repackage Rahul Gandhi? You would have seen that his chatukar (lackeys) were demanding he be made party president, but for the first time there was some low voice of protest. He could not be made president so Sonia Gandhi has been trying to foist him on the country,” he said, adding that the stalling of Parliament was a part of this tactic as Rahul was worried over the “success” of the BJP government and the way many important Bills were passed in previous sessions.
The Nehru-Gandhi family, he alleged, believed it had a divine right to be permanent occupant of 7 Race Course Road, the Prime Minister’s official residence, or install somebody there on its behalf.
Responding to Congress’ charge that it was the BJP government’s arrogance that caused the virtual washout of the Monsoon Session, he said the principal source of all problems was the Congress' inability to reconcile to be in Opposition.