Some remarks expunged, Rahul Gandhi fumed

In response to some of his remarks in the Lower House yesterday that were expunged, Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said "everything is expunged in PM Modi's world".

Jul 2, 2024 - 15:08
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Some remarks expunged, Rahul Gandhi fumed

In response to some of his remarks in the Lower House yesterday that were expunged, Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said "everything is expunged in PM Modi's world".

"In Modi ji's world, truth can be expunged. But in reality, the truth can't be expunged. I said what I had to say, that is the truth. They can expunge as much as they want. Truth is truth," he told reporters outside Parliament. Later, the Congress leader also wrote to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, requesting him to restore his expunged speech.

In his first address as the Leader of the Opposition, Rahul Gandhi accused the leaders of the ruling party of dividing people on communal lines, drawing massive protests from the treasury benches, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi slamming him for calling the entire Hindu community violent.

Rahul Gandhi was speaking during the debate on the Motion of Thanks on the President's address to a joint sitting of Parliament. As Rahul Gandhi's remarks triggered an uproar from the treasury benches, it further led to the Chair striking it off record.

The statements by Gandhi that got expunged from the Parliament proceedings were his accusations on the BJP, stating that the party is treating minorities unfairly, his remarks on industrialists Adani and Ambani, his accusations that the NEET exam is for rich people and there is no place in it for meritorious students, and that the Agniveer Scheme is not of the Indian Army, but of the PMO (Prime Minister's Office).

In his concluding remarks, Gandhi asked the ruling party not to spread fear or hatred. "Do not think of the opposition as your enemies. We are ready to discuss anything you want to. Let us work together to take the country forward," he said.

Portions of the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, were also expunged from the Parliament records. According to an official document, words including 'Satyanash' (annihilate), 'Ghamand' (arrogance), 'Mujra' (a dance performance by women that emerged during Mughal rule in India) were expunged from Kharge's Parliament speech records. Other than such words, the House also expunged some of Kharge's statements, wherein he accused PM Modi of dividing the society and spreading misinformation.

 

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