Some of Rahul Gandhi’s remarks expunged, Congress protests ‘death of democracy’ | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Lok Sabha on Wednesday expunged from its records certain remarks Rahul Gandhi made in his speech alleging close proximity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with industrialist Gautam Adani, triggering a “death of democracy” reaction from Congress.
Focusing entirely on the Adani row, Rahul on Tuesday had alleged that the industrialist’s wealth had risen magically under the BJP government, which had facilitated him with major contracts in India and abroad. BJP had objected to some of the remarks as “wild allegations”. On perusal of records, the Lok Sabha released the final print expunging some of the critical statements made by Rahul.
As soon as the Lok Sabha met for the day, parliamentary affairs minister Pralhad Joshi demanded that action be taken against Rahul Gandhi for some of his “objectionable” comments made in the House the day before, and that they be expunged from the records.


“The Congress leader made some remarks yesterday. Those were very objectionable and baseless allegations. Those should be expunged and action should be taken against him,” Joshi said.
He said a privilege notice had been served but it was not even authenticated. Though the speaker Om Birla did not take any decision immediately, he promised to examine the matter and take a decision.
BJP MP Nishikant Dubey had written to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla demanding action against Rahul Gandhi for “breach of privilege” after he levelled allegations against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Dubey said Gandhi made “unverified, incriminatory and defamatory” statements against PM Modi in violation of rules.
Later, while talking to reporters, Rahul parried a reaction to the deletion of portions of his speech from the records, but asked, “why were the remarks expunged?” He repeated the query rhetorically a few times, before walking away.
AICC spokesman Jairam Ramesh tweeted, “With the expunging of Rahul Gandhi’s remarks on the PM-linked Adani Maha Mega Scam, deMOcracy was cremated in the Lok Sabha. OM Shanti.”

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