New Delhi, July 24: Union Minister Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari on Friday warned of a criminal defamation case against Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi if the latter continues to insult External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.
Gadkari told media persons: “Sushma ji has not done anything wrong. She has not done anything against Constitution or against the law. Congress is upset and frustrated because of election loss, that is why they are making these baseless accusations and misleading people.”
He further said: “Rahul Gandhi has insulted Foreign Minister of the nation which amounts to insulting the nation. He should apologise for this…If he continues doing such things then a criminal defamation case has to be filed against him.”
BJP leader Prakash Javadekar said, “Rahul Gandhi comes out and gives one byte. It’s a spit and run strategy without any responsibility, and the Congress stands completely exposed on this. They are the reason for the log jam in parliament.”
Prakash Javadekar said: “People are not with the Congress, but want parliament to function, and if members today are protesting, it is there anguish, that why parliament is not functioning? It’s not only about expenditure. It’s about our duty.”
“I think it’s a very ironical situation where the Congress is running away from debate, discussion which they ask for .Their notices are for discussion. The chairman allowed it; we accepted it, and now, they are running away from discussion. So, when they were in power, they were running away from discussion, when they are in opposition, they are running away from discussion,” he added.
He further accused the Grand Old Party of not allowing India to develop.
“Congress was anti-development when they were in power through their non-governance, through their policy paralysis and through their acts of corruption. They ensure that India doesn’t develop, and today also, they are anti-development, because they are stolid parliament .So, this is the Congress which is completely responsible, and therefore, the anguish of MPs is understandable,” he further added.
Seeking to provide the opposition a taste of its own medicine, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MPs on Friday staged a protest against Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat at the Gandhi statue in Parliament.
The protesting MPs were armed with banners that stated, “Shame! Shame! Dismiss CM”.
(With Agency Inputs)