Row Over on Rahul Gandhi Video
The BJP leaned on Rahul Gandhi on Thursday, with several union ministers tweeting a video of the Congress leader’s press conference in which party leader Jairam Ramesh is seen correcting him.
The 25-second video shows Mr Gandhi telling reporters: ‘Unfortunately, I’m an MP’, after which Mr Ramesh leans in and informs the Congress leader that his remarks can be turned into a ‘joke’.
“Unfortunately I’m an MP – they can crack a joke,” Mr Ramesh told Mr Gandhi.
Rahul Gandhi then proceeds to correct himself: “See, I want to make this clear, unfortunately for you, I am an MP.”
Trade and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal tweeted the video, throwing shade at Mr Gandhi. “Sadly we are at a loss for words…” he wrote.
Unfortunately, we are at a loss for words… pic.twitter.com/YZVk7mrlRt
— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) March 16, 2023
Another labor minister, Dharmendra Pradhan, also tweeted the video, calling it “really unfortunate”.
Really unfortunate 🤐 pic.twitter.com/A7fEBQ4PHP
— Dharmendra Pradhan (@dpradhanbjp) March 16, 2023
BJP’s Amit Malviya asked if Jairam Ramesh was Rahul Gandhi’s “official nanny”.
Mr. Ramesh was quick to retaliate with his own blow. “We speak freely to the media without teleprompters,” he tweeted.
The RW system is having a blast with my report to @RahulGandhi that the construction of his statement would be distorted by the fake BJP news machine. He clarified instantly. We speak freely to the media without teleprompters. This is another attempt to divert attention from the Modani scam.
— Jairam Ramesh (@Jairam_Ramesh) March 16, 2023
Rahul Gandhi has come under immense fire from the BJP over his comments in London, with at least four Union ministers demanding his apology inside and outside parliament. Speaking at Cambridge University, the Congressman said India’s democracy was under pressure and opposition voices were drowned out.
The Congress leader said the row over his remarks in London was “just a distraction” from the issues he raised in his speech to Parliament last month. “I have a fundamental question about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s relationship with Gautam Adani. The government and the prime minister are afraid of Adani’s question, so this whole controversy has been prepared,” he said.
Congress and other opposition parties have accused the ruling BJP of trying to distract from the Adani-Hindenburg line and of dodging demands for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to investigate the allegations of Hindenburg against the Adani group. The Adani Group has strongly denied the allegations of stock market fraud and stock price manipulation.
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