‘Modi can’t be gagged on corruption’: A look at war of words in Parliament

first_imgThe government today hit back at the Congress saying the Prime Minister cannot be gagged against speaking on corruption. The Congress today moved aprivilege motion against Modi and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar over PM’s remarks at an election rally on the AgustaWestland issue.A look at the war of words”Prime Minister is entitled to speak on corruption” both inside and outside the House and he cannot be “gagged”, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said in the Rajya Sabha.Congress’s Shantaram Naik said he has moved a breach of privilege notice against the Prime Minister and the Defence Minister because of “lies” told outside the House about UPA leaders taking money in the chopper deal.Jaitley said, “Since when has an election speech by one politician against another outside the House started to be construed as breach of privilege”.Congress leader Anand Sharma said the statements made by the Prime Minister in the House or outside are as Prime Minister of the country and there cannot be any distinction between them. “The Prime Minister has contradicted his Defence Minister,” he contended.         The opposition party had staged protest in the Upper House over the issue yesterday, claiming that the PM had “contradicted” Parrikar by stating during an election rally that Italian court has indicted Congress president Sonia Gandhi in the chopper deal, leading to washout of proceedings.last_img read more