Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad today said that if Rahul Gandhi would have been allowed to speak in Parliament, the Prime Minister would have been “exposed”. “Well he (Rahul Gandhi) was not given the opportunity as he wanted to say something on the floor of the House. Had he been given the opportunity to speak in the Parliament, he (Prime Minister) would have been exposed,” the Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha told reporters here.
Azad said that if there was nothing to hide, then why the government and the MPs of the ruling party did not allow Rahul Gandhi to speak. “(It was) because they did not want him (Prime Minister) to be exposed (by Rahul Gandhi),” Azad said.
Azad, who is also the former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, blamed the BJP for the five-month long unrest in the Valley, stating that BJP being part of the government did not go well with the people of the state. “As far as Jammu and Kashmir is concerned we had warned the Prime Minister earlier that BJP government will not go well with the people of Jammu and Kashmir. The situation which prevailed in Kashmir in the past five to six months, the main reason was the BJP forming the government in the state,” Azad said.
On the issue of Robert Vadra’s Bikaner land row, Azad said that the BJP government in order to hide its own failures was “befooling” the people of the country by raking up “non issues”. “Let me tell you whenever there has been an attack on the BJP or its corruption or misdoing (is exposed) they will try to divert the attention by saying this has happened and that has happened,” he said.
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On the Augusta Westland issue, Azad said, “Sometimes they raise Augusta. Same Augusta thing which was discussed for six hours in the Parliament and we had said about Augusta there was nothing and whatever deal was struck it was not concluded the government came to the conclusion that there was something fishy and it was the UPA government which initiated the CBI enquiry.”
On the allegations levelled by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal that political parties were exempted from the limit of cash deposits after the Congress delegation met the Prime Minister, Azad said that Kejriwal was fond of leveling allegations. “Kejriwal in a day levels 100 allegations, we met the prime minister to submit a memorandum on behalf of over two crore farmers of Uttar Pradesh where congress vice president along with other party leaders had undertaken a Kissan yatra,” he said. He said that over two crore farmers in Uttar Pradesh had filled the forms given to them by the Congress demanding the waiving of their farm loans.