Ravi Shankar Prasad slams Rahul Gandhi, says rampant lies have become hallmark of Congress president
Slamming Rahul Gandhi for his speech at the Congress plenary, Ravi Shankar Prasad said rampant lies have become the hallmark of the new Congress president.
New Delhi: Slamming Congress president Rahul Gandhi for his speech at the Congress plenary, Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday said rampant lies have become the hallmark of the new Congress president.
Gandhi, who became party president in December, said on Sunday that the BJP, like the Kauravas, fought for power, while his party, on the lines of the Pandavas, battled for truth. He also accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of symbolising crony capitalism and called BJP president Amit Shah a "murder accused".
"Rampant lies, falsehood, and shameful parading of lies have become the hallmark of the new Congress president Rahul Gandhi. We thought after becoming president, he will be a little modest," Prasad told reporters outside Parliament.
The senior BJP leader and law and justice minister also questioned Gandhi's "arrogance" after getting a "zero" in Nagaland and Tripura Assembly polls and losing deposit in Phulpur and Gorakhpur".
"In the last 10 years of the UPA government, so many landmines were left behind by the previous government. They keep on blasting and they are now asking us questions?" he said in a reference to corruption scams.
The volley of criticism following Gandhi's speech began on Sunday with defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman saying that the party which questioned the "fundamental existence" of Lord Ram wanted to now identify itself with the Pandavas.
Sitharaman had said it was astonishing that the Congress president chose to make allegations against the BJP chief even though he has been cleared by a court.
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Rahul, along with party MPs Pratap Singh Bajwa, Ravneet Singh Bittu, Deepinder Singh Hooda, Gurjit Singh Aujla, Jasbir Singh Gill and other leaders like Randeep Surjewala, also carried banners and raised slogans