Unfazed by the constant attacks from the BJP for his recent remarks in London, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said that he will 'speak on the floor of the Parliament if allowed.' Taking a dig at the BJP, Rahul Gandhi said that If Indian democracy was functioning, then he will be able to speak in Parliament.
The leader on Thursday attended Parliament's Budget Session for the first time in the last four days. During an event in UK, Gandhi alleged that the structures of Indian democracy are under attack and there is a "full-scale assault" on the country's institutions.
The BJP, since then, has been afoot and firing salvo on Rahul Gandhi seeking his apology on the floor of the House for the comments in London.
Reiterating that he wants to speak on the floor of the Parliament first before addressing the media, Rahul Gandhi addressing a press conference said, "As an MP, I have the right to speak in the House first." He also emphasized that the entire episode was scripted by the BJP to divert people's attention from the Adani issue. Rahul Gandhi said, "All I said about PM Modi-Gautam Adani's relation was expunged from the House."
"I told LS Speaker that I want to speak in Parliament... 4 ministers made allegations against me, I have right to respond. As MP my first responsibility is to reply in Parliament, only after that I can explain before media. I am hopeful though not very sure that they will allow me to speak in Parliament on Friday," Rahul Gandhi said. "PM yet to reply to moot questions I asked in my last Parliament speech about Adani Group," he added.
"If they allow me to speak in Parliament, then I will say what I think," said Congress MP Rahul Gandhi had said earlier in the day.
The proceedings in Parliament have been stalled since Monday as the political slugfest between the BJP and the Congress over Rahul Gandhi's democracy remarks and the Adani issue intensified and the opposition parties took to the streets.
The BJP stepped up the ante against Gandhi, saying India's democracy is not in peril but the Congress party has been brought to "political perish" by the people while the opposition party escalated its offensive, accusing the government of "undermining and weakening" democracy in the country by stalling Parliament to save a businessman.