On the last day of the parliament for the current Lok Sabha, Congress leader Sonia Gandhi launched an attack at the government on Wednesday.
“Bluff, bluster and intimidation have been the governance philosophy of the Modi government,” said Sonia Gandhi at Congress Parliamentary Party’s general body meeting.
“Truth and transparency have been brazenly tossed aside.”
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“Last five years have been a time of unprecedented economic stress and social strain,” she said.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi also addressed the meeting before the last Lok Sabha session began. “Congress Party is defeating the BJP in an ideological fight as also the daily discourse. Congress is the only party that speaks for the entire country as a united entity.”
“Unemployment, Demo Scam & Rafale corruption have undermined Modi Govt’s credibility,” he added.
The mother-son duo then joined the protesting TMC and TDP parliamentarians outside the Sansad Bhawan.
Former PM Dr. Manmohan Singh, UPA Chairperson Smt. Sonia Gandhi, Congress President @RahulGandhi & senior leaders from the party hold a protest against the PM’s lies on the #RafaleScam outside the Gandhi statue in Parliament. #ChowkidarChorHai pic.twitter.com/NQd4U1UEfs
— Congress (@INCIndia) February 13, 2019
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Rahul Gandhi is also scheduled to address the media on the Rafale deal later today. He has been targeting the government alleging irregularities in the aircraft deal to the advantage of Anil Ambani-owned Reliance Defense. The BJP and the Reliance have denied any wrong doing in the purchase of Rafale aircraft for the Indian Air Force.
The PM defended his personal RAFALE bypass deal on 2 counts :
1. Better Price
2. Faster Delivery
Both have been demolished by the revelations in the Hindu today.
Watch my LIVE Press Conference on the #RafaleScam at 3.30 PM today. https://t.co/IzyCaHeyIM
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) February 13, 2019
The government also tabled the report of the Comptroller Auditor General (CAG) on the floor of the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday morning.
It is an important day for the Upper House as the triple talaq bill besides the CAG report on 11 defence deals, including that for the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets, will be tabled in Parliament on Wednesday amid a sparring contest between Congress and the government over the issues. Those Bills which have been passed by the Los Sabha and are not passed by the Upper House today will lapse.
The Bills before the Rajya Sabha include the following.
- The Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill, 2018
- The New Delhi International Arbitration Centre Bill, 2019
- The Personal Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019
- The Consumer Protection Bill, 2018
- The Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2019
- The Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019
- The Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Third Amendment) Bill, 2019
- The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019
- The Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018
- The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage)
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