‘Don’t call me Sir’, Rahul Gandhi tells female students during interaction in Chennai

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New Delhi | March 13, 2019 1:20 PM

During the interaction, Gandhi also did not duck questions on his brother-in-law Robert Vadra who is under the scanner over alleged money laundering but also used it as an opportunity to target the government as well as the Prime Minister on the Rafale deal.

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‘Don’t call me Sir’ was the response by Congress president Rahul Gandhi when a female student asked him a question addressing him as “Rahul Sir”. The Gandhi scion held an interactive session with the students of Stella Maris College in Tamil Nadu’s Chennai today. Rahul Gandhi is in Tamil Nadu today where he will also address to a public gathering in Nagercoil later in the evening.

Rahul Gandhi began the interaction by commenting on the current political landscape in the country. Speaking at the event, he said, “There is currently an ideological battle going in India. It’s sharply divided between two ideologies. One ideology is a unifying ideology which says that all people of the country should live together and shouldn’t be dominated by one idea.”

The Congress president added, “The other ideology represented by the current government and the prime minister where they believe that one idea should be imposed on our country. They have a particular view about role of women in our society, different languages and cultures are inferior to one centralising culture and idea.”

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Bringing the often-asked question on PM Modi’s aversion to media interactions, Gandhi contrasted his stance with the prime minister and raised a question, “How many times have you seen the Prime Minister of India standing in the middle of 3000 women like this? How many times have you seen him standing here like this being open to any question from anybody?”

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He questioned further, “How many of you have had the opportunity to ask him ‘Mr Prime Minister what do you think about education? What do you think about this? What do you think about that?’ Why doesn’t Prime Minister have the guts to stand in front of 3000 women & be questioned by them?

He also did not duck questions on his brother-in-law Robert Vadra who is under the scanner over alleged money laundering but also used it as an opportunity to target the government as well as the Prime Minister on the Rafale deal. “Government has every right to investigate every person. Law should apply to everybody equally, not selectively. PM has his name in government documents that say he is directly responsible for negotiating parallelly with Dassault on Rafale. Investigate everybody, be it Mr Vadra or PM.”

As the 2019 Lok Sabha election comes knocking, political parties have upped their game. While Gandhi held an interactive session today, PM Modi went to Gujarat, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, among others just days before the Election Commission of India announced the Lok Sabha election schedule. Modi had inaugurated and announced several developmental projects and schemes.

As the government leaves no stone unturned to count its achievements in the last five years, the opposition parties are cornering the ruling BJP on various issues it thinks were neglected under the Narendra Modi government.

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