The desperation of the Opposition parties in their efforts to corner the BJP-led NDA government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi was exposed on Friday when Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said he was not being allowed to speak in parliament by the government, and if he did, it would bring an earthquake.
Rahul rails against demonetisation
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had begun the demonetisation move on November 8 midnight by declaring that Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes in circulation at the time would no longer be considered legal tender. Rahul Gandhi on Friday said the move was the "biggest scam in the history of India," and that he had been trying for a month to speak on the issue in Lok Sabha.
He also said that he was not being allowed to speak in parliament, and added: "If they allow me to speak in parliament, you will see what an earthquake will come." The fresh attack from Rahul Gandhi comes a day after he told reporters that popular digital wallet Paytm was actually an acronym for "Pay to Modi."
Rahul Gandhi's remarks seem like an effort by the Congress vice president to pin the issue of stalled parliament proceedings on Modi and the BJP.
Rahul Gandhi's claim that he is not being allowed by the government to speak on demonetisation seems misplaced, given that the disruptions in parliament are not being caused by the BJP but the Opposition parties.
It may be noted that President Pranab Mukherjee recently rebuked MPs over constant disruptions in parliament, saying: "Parliamentary freedom should not be misused by causing disruptions. I have no intention of accusing any individual, but it has become a practice."
Watch what Rahul said on Friday: