Parliament will not function till resignations happen: Rahul

Indicating no let up on stalling Parliament, Rahul Gandhi today questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “silence” and made it clear that it will not be allowed to function till External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and two BJP Chief Ministers resign.

The Congress Vice President also hit out at the NDA government over the contentious Land bill saying it is an “anti-farmer government” and declared that he would not let Modi “take away” farmers’ land easily.

“Modi had said neither will he indulge in corruption nor will he allow anyone to do it. But right now he is not able to see anything—neither Vyapam, nor Vasundhara Raje and not even what has been done by Sushma Swaraj in his Cabinet,” said Gandhi, who is on a kisan padyatra of this parched region of Rayalaseema in Andhra Pradesh.

Recalling that Modi used to deliver speeches everyday during the Lok Sabha election campaign, Rahul said, “people are now asking why the person, who used to speak every day has gone silent.

“This question is in the mind of common man. The Prime Minister should say something. He is getting damaged by this (not speaking).”

In a clear indication that Congress will not allow any let up in its demand for the resignation Swaraj and Chief Ministers Vasundhara Raje and Shivraj Chouhan, he said he has made it clear in Parliament that it will not function till the resignations do not happen.

On the land bill, he alleged that the NDA government is “anti-farmer government”.

“As I said earlier yesterday, Modi ji is concerned only with his 5-6 industrialist friends. They are not more than five or six, may be not even five.”

Referring to government’s move to amend the Land bill to give flexibility to states to frame their own laws in a bid to break the impasse in Parliament, he said the Prime Minister has understood that he cannot push farmers, after the agrarians showed their strength.

“We have not even showed 10 per cent of the strength of farmers of India. And the Prime Minister suddenly understood that he cannot push the farmers of this country,” he said.