Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi today termed his government as a ‘suit boot ki sarkar’ (a government of suit), an apparent reference to a costly suit with his name engraved that he had worn during the visit of US President Barack Obama in January.
“Yeh to suit boot ki sarkar hai (this is government of suit boot)…,” the Congress Vice President said in the Lok Sabha while participating in a discussion on agrarian situation.
As the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members protested strongly, he said, “chalo suit ki baat khatam ho gayi hai (the talk about suit is over). You auctioned it. I will not speak about it now. Happy?”
During his speech, Rahul referred to Modi as “aap ke pradhan mantri (your Prime Minister) as he was targeting the BJP.
When some BJP members said Modi was the Prime Minister of the country, Rahul said, “Ok, desh ke pradhan mantri hai (the country’s Prime Minister)… But is he not your Prime Minister?”
In another dig at the government, Gandhi said Union Minister Nitin Gadkari is the only person in the ruling party who speaks his heart.
“He (Gadkari) had said farmers should not depend on God or the government,”, he noted, adding that it was “dil ki baat, mann ki baat (talk from the heart)”.
While some ruling members were raising slogans disrupting Rahul’s speech, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu intervened and said that everybody has a democratic right to speak in the House. Nobody should disrupt and those who want to speak can do that later.