Rahul likely to jump into 'nationalism' debate

Rahul likely to jump into 'nationalism' debate

Smriti accused Rahul of politicising Rohith's suicide

Rahul likely to jump into 'nationalism' debate

 Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is expected to give a “befitting” reply in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday to the campaign of “super-nationalism” whipped out by the BJP over the JNU unrest and the suicide of Rohith Vemula.

Congress sources said Rahul will participate in the discussion on the Motion of Thanks to the President’s Address on Tuesday and counter the BJP’s personal attacks on him.

In an emotional-filled speech HRD Minister Smriti Irani had accused Rahul of politicising the suicide of Dalit student Rohith Vemula and siding with “anti-national” elements at the JNU.

“We have told Rahul that he must counter the BJP in Parliament,” a senior Congress leader said.

Last Wednesday, Rahul had claimed outside Parliament that the Modi government may not allow him to speak in the short duration discussion on the JNU row and Rohith’s suicide. However, Rahul chose not to take part in the discussion which was initiated by Congress member Jyotiraditya Scindia. “Your leader goes and stands by those who support Afzal Guru…You did not go to the house of the martyred Inspector (who died in the Batla House encounter). Tell us, who are you standing for? Afzal Guru, or those who protected Parliament House (in the 2001 attack),” BJP member Anurag Thakur had said in the Lok Sabha.

In a stinging attack, the BJP leader had accused the Congress party of placing “family first, party next and nation last.”

The Congress on Friday hit back at the BJP by accusing it of indulging in a scam by giving loans to a ‘for profit’ company to publish newspapers. It claimed that the act violated the Income Tax Act and wondered whether Modi government would take action against the BJP. “We will come out with more scams perpetuated by BJP leaders in the days to come,” a senior Congress leader said indicating that the agreement to have a “peaceful” Budget Session lay in tatters.