After ‘jumla’ barb, a hug

Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s move to walk over to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s seat and embrace him in a spontaneous hug was the most dramatic moment in the opposition leader’s speech during the debate on the no-confidence motion on Friday, during which he accused Mr Modi of being a
bhagidaar
(collaborator) in the alleged corruption in the Rafale deal instead of being a
chowkidaar
(watchman).

In a sharp attack, the Congress chief said the country has become a victim of the BJP’s ‘jumla’ strikes (empty promises) and the government had failed on every promise: whether it was depositing Rs. 15 lakhs in every Indian’s bank account, two crore jobs every year, demonetisation, waiving off farm loans, women’s safety and preventing attacks on Dalits and minorities.

But the sharpest attack from Mr. Gandhi was on the allegations of corruption in the Rafale deal targeting the government’s claim of providing a corruption free government.

Mr. Gandhi first accused the Modi government of deliberately keeping the price of the deal a secret since it had increased the the price per aircraft from Rs. 520 crore to Rs. 1,600 crore. Then, he claimed that French President,Emanuel Macron had told a Congress delegation that that they had no objection if the value of the deal was made public.

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