‘Government wearing ear plugs’: Rahul raises pitch against Modi

Likens unemployment, Chinese incursions, economic crisis to “Titanic ship which hit the iceberg and broke into pieces”

Rahul Gandhi
Rahul Gandhi

The Congress strategy group, with Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi in attendance, had a virtual discussion on Tuesday (September 8) to shape up the party’s plan for the upcoming monsoon session of parliament that starts September 14.

The party’s strategy group was unanimous about raising issues highlighted by Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi in the monsoon session starting September 14. The virtual meet of Congress strategy group on Tuesday was chaired by Sonia Gandhi, who proposed to outrightly reject four of the 11 ordinances proposed by the government.

The Congress strategy group will also press for a longer ‘Zero Hour’ to help raise issues pertinent to the nation.

The mother-son duo has been active since the lockdown was imposed on March 25. Ms Gandhi has written several letters to Prime Minister while Rahul Gandhi has been consistently using Twitter to raise issues like the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, economic downturn and Chinese aggression in Ladakh.


Rahul Gandhi launched a sharp attack on the government and PM Modi. “Even though the media and Narendra Modi are trying to divert it, they can’t hide the issue beyond a point,” Gandhi said, comparing the government to people “wearing ear plugs”.

“Modi can’t continue to hear what he wants. Unemployment, incursions and the economy which is in a crisis will all suddenly come to the fore… like the ship Titanic which hit the iceberg and broke into pieces,” he said in a combative mood.

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“How can they say there is no incursion and nothing has happened when our army is having a stand-off?  We have to raise these issues,” said the 49-year-old, who had stepped down from the post of the party chief last year, pushing the party deeper into crisis.

Top leaders like Manish Tiwari, Gulab Nabi Azad and others, who had written the letter of dissent, faced Sonia and Rahul Gandhi for the first time on Tuesday since the August 24 working committee meeting.

The dissent leaders who attended the meeting included Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma and special invitee Manish Tiwari. They also expressed satisfaction at the discussions, terming them “sensible” and “mature”.

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