The BJP on Tuesday hit back at Congress president Rahul Gandhi for his remark that he will not allow Prime Minister Narendra Modi to speak until farm loans are waived.
Terming it as “new low in country’s public discourse”, Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that nothing better can be expected from the Congress president.
Taking a jibe at the Congress chief, Prasad said that Rahul Gandhi’s party ensured that Indians did not sleep during its 60 years of rule due to rampant corruption.
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“Friends I am given to understand that Rahul Gandhi today said that he will not allow Prime Minister Narendra Modi to sleep. This is a new low in the public discourse of the country,” Prasad told reporters.
Hitting out at Gandhi, Prasad said he should come to Parliament and debate the Rafale issue in Parliament.
Daring the Congress and its chief to show “courage” and discuss the fighter jet deal “eye to eye” in the House, Prasad said, “Don’t run away from the debate.”
He added that the Congress was fleeing a debate on the issue because it had many skeletons from defence deals in its cupboard.
Referring to Gandhi addressing the issue of farmer distress and saying that the Congress and other opposition parties will ensure that all farm loans are waived, Prasad declared it was just drama.
The Congress, he said, had been in power for about 60 of the last 70 years. “What have they done for farmers? They are doing just drama now,” he said.
“Modi ji has been prime minister for four-and-a-half years, but has not waived a single rupee of farmer loans. I want to tell you that the Congress party and other opposition parties will unite till all farm loans are waived. We will stand up and fight against them. We will not retract a single inch, we will not let them sleep at night till farmer loans are waived,” Gandhi said.
(With PTI inputs)