‘The mikes of our Parliament are silent’ – Rahul Gandhi addresses British Parliament, criticizes BJP

New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who is on a week-long visit to the United Kingdom, criticized the Modi government while addressing British MPs in London on Monday. The Congress MP claimed that working microphones in the Lok Sabha are often silenced against the opposition.

During an event hosted by veteran Indian-origin opposition Labor Party MP Virendra Sharma in the Grand Committee Room of the House of Commons complex, Gandhi shared experiences from the Bharat Jodi Yatra, which she described as an “intense political exercise in mass mobilisation”. described.

In a lighter vein, he used the malfunctioning microphone in the room to speak about what he described as the “oppressive” debate of the opposition in India.

“Our mics are not bad, they are working, but you still cannot turn them on. This has happened to me many times when I am speaking,” the 52-year-old Wayanad MP told his counterparts in the UK told the gathering in response to a question about sharing his experience of being a politician in India.

“Demonetisation, which was a disastrous financial decision, we were not allowed to discuss. GST was not allowed to be discussed. We were not allowed to discuss Chinese troops entering Indian territory. I remember a Parliament where there were lively discussions, heated debates, arguments and disagreements but we talked. And, clearly this is what we miss in Parliament. We have to use debate to fit into other debates. There is a suffocation that is going on,” he said.

Gandhi explains why the UPA government failed

Addressing another event – an interactive session at the Chatham House think tank on Monday evening to wrap up his week-long UK tour, Gandhi called attention to the changing nature of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government. Pointed out the lack of Political discourse in India as the major factor behind its failure.

BJP is confident that it will always be in power: Gandhi

Opposition MP Rahul Gandhi said in London on Monday that the BJP is confident that it will always be in power in India, but it is not and to say that the Congress is “gone” is a ridiculous idea.

He said, ‘To put it in perspective, if you look at the time since independence, the Congress party has been in power for most of the time.’

Before BJP was in power for 10 years, we were in power for 10 years. BJP likes to believe that it has come to power in India and will remain in power forever, it is not so. Congress leaders joined.

Gandhi, MP from Kerala’s Wayanad, pointed to changes taking place in India that had taken the Congress and UPA governments by surprise, such as the shift from rural to urban.

“We were focusing too much on the rural sector and we missed the urban sector in the beginning, that is a fact. Those are the things. But to say that the BJP is in power and the Congress is gone, it is actually a Ridiculous idea,” he said.

BJP hits back at Gandhi

The BJP has accused Gandhi of defaming India on foreign soil while praising China. Union minister Anurag Thakur on Monday hit out at Gandhi for his remarks and asked the Congress leader not to betray the country.

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Thakur told reporters in New Delhi, “Don’t betray India, Rahul Gandhiji. Objections to India’s foreign policy are proof of your poor understanding of the issue. No one will believe the lies you tell about India.” I have spread from foreign soil.”

Thakur said Gandhi has resorted to “defaming India” from foreign soil as part of a conspiracy to hide his failures. Thakur said, “Rahul Gandhi has become a storm of controversies. Be it foreign agencies, foreign channels or foreign soil. He does not miss a single opportunity to defame India.”

During the meeting, Indian-origin peer Lord Navneet Dholakia asked Gandhi about the Congress party’s delivery record, which the former Congress president blamed on a “propaganda machine” that did not reflect the “strong undercurrent” against the government. Does

He also pointed out that the Congress had successfully “ruled the country for many years” and termed it as a flawed media narrative against the opposition party’s electoral prospects in the future.

(with agency inputs)