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From black money to JNU, Rahul Gandhi takes government head-on in Parliament

New Delhi: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi today led an aggressive charge against the Narendra Modi-led government targeting it over its handling of affairs relating to the Rohith Vemula suicide and the JNU row as

India TV Politics Desk [ Updated: March 02, 2016 18:54 IST ]
rahul gandhi takes modi government head on in parliament
rahul gandhi takes modi government head on in parliament

New Delhi: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi today led an aggressive charge against the Narendra Modi-led government targeting it over its handling of affairs relating to the Rohith Vemula suicide and the JNU row as well as its budget proposal to reign in black money. 

In a swipe at the government over the compliance window scheme proposed by the government during the budget, Rahul said the government had launched a “'Fair and Lovely Yojana' to convert black money into white money”.

Speaking in the Lok Sabha, Gandhi said, "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." 

Gandhi was participating on the discussion on the motion of thanks to the President on his address to the joint sitting of parliament's two houses, marking the beginning of the budget session. 

He hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, "Modi ji had promised that he will put people with black money behind bars, now they have come up with way to save those people."

"I was shocked to see Finance Minister Arun Jaitley launching such scheme," he said, adding that the Prime Minister had failed to fulfil his poll promise of bringing back black money from foreign countries. 

Gandhi also raked up the issue of the suicide of Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula and said the PM neither called up his mother nor did he speak on the issue.

Gandhi also slammed Modi for his silence over the violence done with students and media persons at a Delhi court. "Why were you silent, Modi ji, when journalists, teachers and students were beaten," he said.

On the ongoing Jawaharlal Nehru University row, Gandhi said, "I had heard (JNUSU president) Kanhaiya's whole speech, not a word in his speech was anti-national." 

He said the government could not "crush the JNU" or the "poor people of the country".

(With IANS inputs)

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