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Rahul Gandhi hugs Modi after sharp attack during no-confidence debate

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Rahul Gandhi hugs Modi after sharp attack during no-confidence debate

Congress president Rahul Gandhi made an aggressive attack on the NDA government over specific schemes and policies during a debate on a no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha today, also accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi for giving monetary benefits to his “10-20 top businessmen friends.”

PM Modi was seen smiling and laughing through Gandhi’s speech, which was interrupted by the protests of an angry treasury bench, leading to an eight-minute adjournment of the house, the first today. After he ended his attack Gandhi walked over and hugged the Prime Minister, who patted him on the back.

Gandhi brought up demonetisation, GST, farmer issues and also spoke at length about the Rafale deal, alleging that defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman had “lied.”

“Rafale (fighter aircraft) cost 520 crore during UPA rule.

Don’t know whom Modi spoke to, but by magic the price went up to 1600 crore. Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman refused cited a secrecy pact to not reveal the price. I met the French President and he said that there is no such pact of secrecy. He said you can say this to India. Under Modi’s pressure, Nirmala Sitharaman has said untruth.”

An angry Sitharaman wanted to reply and Sumitra Mahajan assured her that she would be given a chance to speak as soon as Gandhi’s speech was over.

Amid government protests Gandhi said, “Everyone understands the relationship PM has with certain people. Everyone can see, the amount of money that goes into PM’s publicity. One of those people was given Rafale contract. The contract was taken away from HAL. The gentleman benefited 45,000 crore. PM must say, why contract taken away from HAL. Why a businessman is given favour?”

Attacking Modi over foreign policy, Gandhi referred to the Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Ahmedabad, alleging, “PM and the Chinese president sat on a swing on the banks of the river. The Chinese president goes back and the Chinese troops come to Doklam. After a few months, Modi goes to China for talks without any agenda but bypasses the Doklam issue.”

He also accused PM of waiving off loans worth Rs 2.5 lakh crore of big industrialists. “But he can’t waive off farmer’s loans because they don’t wear suit and boot even as they have given votes to the PM,” he said.Hindustan Times.

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