Stop hiding, open Parliament: Rahul Gandhi to PM Modi

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NEW DELHI: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, asking him to “stop hiding and open the Parliament” so that discussions about the Rafale deal can ensue.

“The truth does not go away because you hide from it. Modi ji, stop hiding and open the Parliament so the truth of what you did on Rafale can be heard by the nation,” Rahul tweeted in response to a video posted by party leader Randeep Surjewala. The video asked whether the government was postponing the Winter session of Parliament due to alleged wrong-doing in the Rs 59,000 crore contract for 36 French Rafale fighters.

The Winter session of Parliament usually starts in the third week of November and lasts till the third week of December.

The Congress has accused the Centre of using the upcoming Assembly polls in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh as an excuse to avoid facing Parliament.  “The Modi government in its arrogance has cast a dark shadow on India’s Parliamentary democracy by sabotaging the Winter Session on flimsy grounds. It’s mistaken if it thinks by locking the temple of democracy, it’ll escape constitutional accountability ahead of elections,” Congress chief Sonia Gandhi said at a meeting of the Congress Working Committee on Monday. Finance minister Arun Jaitley refuted the charges, reminding her that Parliament sessions were often rescheduled to ensure they did not overlap with elections, and that the Congress had itself done the same several times.