Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Friday said the government had delayed the Winter Session of the Parliament because it wanted to avoid questions on India’s Rafale aircraft deal with France and the controversy related to the company owned by Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah’s son.
Gandhi was speaking at a rally at Lathi in poll-bound Gujarat. During his speech, he repeated his attacks on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for demonetisation, and said, “During demonetisation, everyone queued up to deposit and exchange old notes. Did you see any big industrialists in the queues?”
He brought up the agrarian crisis, and said that the government had not fulfilled its promise of minimum support prices for groundnut and cotton farmers. “Farmers only got the prime minister’s mann ki baat, nothing else,” Gandhi said.
The Congress vice president again invoked the “Gabbar Singh Tax” reference for the impact of the Goods and Services Tax on small businesses.
He also said, “For the first time, I have seen in a state that all communities are revolting. There are only 5-10 people who are not, and they are Modiji’s friends. They fly in private aeroplanes.”
Gandhi is on a visit to the state, and is holding election rallies in Lathi, Gopinathji Mandir, Botad, Vallabhipur and Bhavnagar on Thursday. The elections in the state are scheduled on December 9 and 14.