Congress Leader Rahul Gandhi met Speaker Om Birla at his chamber and sought an opportunity to explain his position in the Lok Sabha on the BJP’s accusation that he insulted India during his recent UK visit.
Rahul Gandhi recently stirred a controversy with his statement on the democracy in India during interaction at the university in London, UK. The ruling BJP government demanded an apology from the former Congress president at the Parliament for his insulting remarks. Rahul attended Parliament on Thursday but did not get a chance to respond as Speaker Om Birla adjourned the Lok Sabha.
Later in a press conference, Rahul Gandhi said, “Four ministers have spoken against me in the Lok Sabha. It is my right to respond to them. There is no clarity but I don’t think I will be given an opportunity to speak. I hope they allow me. If Indian democracy is functioning, I would be able to say my piece in Parliament.”
Rahul added: “What you are seeing is a test of Indian democracy. After four leaders of the BJP have made an allegation against a member of Parliament, is that member of Parliament going to be given the same space that those four ministers have been given? Or, is he going to be told to shut up? That’s the real question before the country right now.”