Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who was disqualified from the Lok Sabha after he was found guilty in a 2019 defamation case over his ‘Modi-surname’ remark, arrived at the Parliament on Wednesday to attend the meeting of Congress MPs from Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha at the CPP office.
#WATCH | Congress leader Rahul Gandhi arrived at the Parliament to attend the meeting of Congress MPs from Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha at the CPP office. pic.twitter.com/moSJUc6oXP
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Rahul Gandhi also met Shiv Sena Uddhav faction leader Sanjay Raut. The meeting came at a time when the Thackeray faction was miffed with Rahul Gandhi’s remarks over Savarkar and had skipped the opposition meeting. Last week, addressing a press conference Rahul Gandhi said that he won’t apologise for his remarks on Indian democracy during his recent London visits. He remarked, “My name is not Savarkar, it is Gandhi and Gandhi never offers an apology”.
The comment came as the BJP has demanded that Rahul Gandhi apologise for his remarks during his London visit as he claimed that the structures of Indian democracy are under “brutal attack” and that there is a full-scale assault on the institutions of the country. He had alleged that microphones in the Lok Sabha were often “silenced” against the Opposition.
Sanjay Raut on Wednesday said that his party gives topmost priority to the opposition-unity in Maharashtra as well as at the national level and will participate in the protest at the Parliament.
“We have spoken about our concerns two days ago. We did not go to Kharge’s residence. But there is and will be opposition unity in Maharashtra as well as the country. We have got the result of the concerns we have expressed. We will definitely attend the opposition meeting today and will participate in the protest as well. We give the topmost priority to the opposition unity. We will be with all the opposition parties at the national level,” Raut said while speaking to the media, as quoted by ANI.
Raut lashed out at the Centre over the Adani Group issue and corruption and asked if the central probe agencies will only be used against the opposition and not Adani.
“Why don’t you (government) talk about the issues raised by Rahul Gandhi and the JPC demand by the opposition on the Adani issue? What is your relation with Adani? Are the ED and CBI only for us (opposition), not for Adani? Will you do the audit of the PMCARES fund?” he said, as quoted by ANI.
The Rajya Sabha MP also backed Rahul Gandhi over his disqualification from Lok Sabha and said that his party will take part in the opposition protest in the Parliament.