New Delhi: BJP today accused Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi of practicing politics of “spit and run” and “crossing all limits of decency” in his attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi while blaming the main opposition party for the unproductive first week of the Monsoon session. Taking a swipe at Gandhi, BJP said the script-writer he hired after his 56-day sabbatical had “failed” him and mocked that everyday he spoke two lines aimed at media headlines but without knowing the facts of the matter.
“It’s irresponsible and immature from the leader of a national party to speak of the Prime Minister in such a language. He has crossed all limits of decency in public life. His new strategy is ‘spit and run’. It won’t work. People are more mature than this.
“The script writer he hired after his 56 days of tour has failed him. He writes only two lines for the purpose of headlines,” Union Minister Prakash Javadekar told reporters after both Houses were adjourned due to the relentless opposition protests. He also agreed with his ministerial colleague Nitin Gadkari’s comments earlier that criminal defamation case may be filed against Gandhi for calling External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s alleged help to Lalit Modi a “criminal act”.
BJP is particularly peeved with Gandhi over his recent jibe at Modi over the contentious land bill, saying people will reduce his 56 inch (chest) to 5.6 inch.
Putting the onus on Congress for the washout in the first week of the Parliament’s budget session, Javadekar said the opposition party was not willing to listen to the government on the questions raised by it.
Congress, he said, did not expect the government to be ready for a debate when it said it was willing for a discussion. The opposition party “ran away” from discussion. “Congress asked for a debate. We said yes, Sushma Swaraj said yes, (Rajya Sabha) Chairman said yes but it said no,” he said.
Javadekar said the government had been reaching out to the the opposition to break the impasse but the Congress had been unrelenting. “We are hopeful that wisdom will dawn on Congress and Parliament will resume functioning from Monday,” he said.