Talking to reporters here, Mr Gandhi, describing the reply of the Prime Minister in the Lok Sabha to the debate on Motion of thanks the President’s address, as a ‘political speech’, said that the PM needs to answer questions and not accuse the opposition.
‘I think Modiji has forgotten that he is the PM now. He spoke for more than an hour. However, he did not speak about farmers or providing employment to youth. It was a totally political speech.
Mr Modi should remember that he is not in the opposition. He is the PM. People expect him to answer questions on the Rafale fighter jet deal, on the condition of farmers and that of the youth. His criticising the Congress party is fine but Parliament is not the place for doing it. Here he is expected to answer questions and not accuse the opposition.’
Rahul said that this was a not a place for the PM to make accusations against the Congress but reply to the nation about the various burning issues before it.
In a tweet later, the Congress president said that in his long speech in parliament, the PM did not refer to the burning issue facing the country.
‘It was a long address by the PM where he resorted to lies and put a lid on his government’s failures. All the burning issues facing the country were missing from the PM’s address. When will the PM break his silence on the Rafale deal?,’ ‘Rahul tweeted.
Reacting to the PM’s speech, former Congress president and Chairperson of the Congress parliamentary party Sonia Gandhi said that there was nothing new in the speech.
‘The PM said nothing new, he is only repeating the same old things. People are interested about their jobs. They want to know about their future,’ Mrs Gandhi said. Reacting to the PM speech, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said, ‘the PM might be a terrific orator but this speech is a farrago of misrepresentations and half truth.’