Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday sought to corner Prime Minister Narendra Modi on various issues, particularly the contentious Rafale deal and the restive state of Jammu and Kashmir. The Congress president is visiting the southern state of Tamil Nadu today and will also address a gathering in Nagercoil in the evening.
Interacting with students at the Stella Maris College in Tamil Nadu s Chennai, the Gandhi scion had no qualms in talking about his brother-in-law Robert Vadra who is currently under probe over alleged money laundering. However, he also targeted the government on the Rafale deal.
Government has every right to investigate every person. Law should apply to everybody equally, not selectively. PM has his name in government documents that say he is directly responsible for negotiating parallelly with Dassault on Rafale. Investigate everybody, be it Mr Vadra or PM, Rahul said.
You can’t have a negative atmosphere in the country and expect economic growth. Economic growth is directly related to the mood of the country. We will move the country to a place where people feel empowered and happy, Gandhi said.
The Congress president also spoke at length on Jammu and Kashmir and held PM Modi responsible for alinating people. The moment Mr. Modi came to power, he made a mistake of forming alliance with PDP. Today, his policies are actually setting fire to J&K. His policies are pushing people away and allowing Pakistan to carry out terrorism in India,” Rahul said.
He also compared the UPA rule with the current one, saying, The number of deaths in terror incidents between 2004-2014 was dramatically declining as we joined and brought them together with the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
While commenting on the current political situation over ideologies in India, Rahul Gandhi said that the ideology is binary these days, one is unifying while the other is restricting.
He also took a jibe at the Prime Minister over his reluctance to face an open press conference. How many times have you seen the Prime Minister of India standing in the middle of 3000 women like this? How many times have you seen him standing here like this being open to any question from anybody?