The BJP called out Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi over his allegations of corruption against PM Narendra Modi as a "damp squib". Gandhi had earlier said that if he speaks in Parliament, it would create an "earthquake". The BJP also said that nobody takes Gandhi seriously, to which the Congress has responded saying that they are hassled by Gandhi and hence are making such comments.
"Why does he (Gandhi) need to be in Parliament to reveal something? In several corruption cases, reports have appeared in the media and then been taken up by Parliament. The truth is that his allegations are a damp squib," Parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar said.
HRD minister Prakash Javadekar said, "Congress and not the government will be exposed when Rahul Gandhi speaks. It is good for us if Rahul speaks." He also dared Gandhi to make his charges public.
Congress leader Raj Babbar warned the BJP not to take Gandhi lightly.
Kumar also said that Gandhi has not submitted a single notice in his name in Parliament to speak. Javadekar also said that nobody is stopping him from speaking.
"Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Mallikarjun Kharge refused to speak on Wednesday," he said.
"While the government is firm on transforming the nation, Congress and opposition parties, like SP, BSP, NCP, which are staging protests in front of the Gandhi statue against demonetisation, are converting black money into white for commissions," he said.
Kumar said that Congress has been stopping the Houses from working since the beginning of the session.
On Thursday, the BJP created a ruckus in the Rajya Sabha and did not allow the leader of Opposition GN Azad to speak. Azad had given a notice to speak about farmers facing problem due to demonetisation. BJP's Mukhtar Naqvi raised Congress' involvement in corruption such as AgustaWestland, which Venkaiah Naidu also raised in Parliament on Thursday.