Rahul talking irrelevant to stay relevant: BJP
New Delhi [India], Dec. 21 (ANI): Stating that Rahul Gandhi is "talking irrelevant to stay relevant" is something that everybody knows, Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson Sambit Patra on Wednesday said unsubstantiated allegations and the kind of politics that the Congress vice president is playing today is something which can be discounted.
"Mr. Rahul Gandhi is talking irrelevant to stay relevant is something that we all know. Unsubstantiated allegations and the kind of politics Mr. Rahul Gandhi is playing today is something which we can discount," Patra told ANI.
"As far as a particular allegation is concerned, there was an NGO of Mr. Prashant Bhushan, which had gone to the Supreme Court on the same case. The Supreme Court had heard the case and a two-judge bench had delivered its observations saying that no investigation can be ordered because of the unsubstantiated allegations and on unsubstantiated allegations, the highest Constitutional authority of the country cannot be questioned in the way that you are trying to question," he said while warding off allegations levelled by Gandhi that Sahara people paid nine times to Prime Minister Modi in six months.
"So, Mr. Rahul Gandhi doesn't respect the politics of this country; he does not even respect the judiciary of the country, because after this observation by the highest court of the country, Mr. Rahul Gandhi should have taken his queue, should have taken his lesson and should not have made such kind of political rhetorical comments," he alleged, adding that "the case had been heard by the SC, which shot back saying that these are unsubstantiated allegations and one should think before making such unsubstantiated allegations".
"These are unsubstantiated allegations and no unsubstantiated allegations can be made against the Prime Minister of the country or any high constitutional power without any evidence and without any proof. And this kind of political and rhetorical gimmick that Rahul Gandhi is playing is only nothing but, I would say, irrelevant talks in politics and secondly it is hurting the judiciary of this country. This is in a way contempt to the court of the country," he added.
Alleging a nexus between the rich and Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi today said demonetisation is not aimed at curbing the menace of black money but harassing the poor and middle class.
"Demonetisation move wasn't made against corruption or black money. It was against the honest poor people. Don't know why Modi ji did not target 94 percent of black money but the other six percent," he said while addressing a rally here.
Referring to the writing off of Vijay Mallya's loan by the government, Gandhi said, "Modi ji cannot bring back money taken as loans by one percent rich people and hence he is using the money of poor to waive of this debt. When the Switzerland Government has given you the list of names of people having black money deposited in Swiss bank then why are you not disclosing their names in Parliament?"
Gandhi said that Prime Minister Modi's aim is to keep the common man's money in banks for at least six-seven months so that he can waive off the loans of rich.
Speaking on the impact of demonetisation on farmers, Gandhi said, "A farmer does not purchase his seeds by cheque or card, but in cash. You (PM Modi) have taken away that cash from them."
Gandhi's rally comes a fortnight after Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a farmers' gathering in the same district, where he accused the Opposition of not allowing him to speak in Parliament over demonetisation.
Mehsana is Prime Minister Modi's home district. It is also the economic hub of north Gujarat, where the Congress has a stronghold. (ANI)