Brand-new DELHI: Taking a jibe at the Congress top brass for their tirade versus external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, Union HRD minister Smriti Irani on Friday said that it’s easy to give a byte than to speak in the Parliament.
Irani said the external affairs minister’s statement in the Lok Sabha on the Lalit Modi controversy is itself a proof that it is a challenge posted before the opposition parties to bring any evidence if they can.
“The Congress Party is moving away from discussion and the Lok Sabha because they don’t have any proof of the allegations that they are making. It is easy for them to give a byte of one and a half minute than to speak for one and a half hour with the support of a paper in Parliament,” she added.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday criticised Swaraj over her clarification on the controversy, saying she is an expert at “theatrics”.
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi also echoed similar sentiments and accused Swaraj of keeping the external affairs ministry in dark on the issue. Rahul also hit back at Swaraj over her ’emotional’ clarification, saying the Congress president would have never done the same.
Taking a swipe at the Gandhi dynasty over their attack on Swaraj and the Speaker, Irani suggested both of them came from normal families.
“People in this country know that a woman coming from a normal family has actually to toil hard to make a space for herself in the society and its economy. It is generally seen that children of such women also work hard. Congress may have an exception in the Gandhi family where they don’t have to sweat it out in the sun to earn their livelihood. I completely deny their charges,” she said.
Swaraj had made an emotional statement in the Lok Sabha on Thursday, saying she had helped Lalit Modi’s cancer-stricken wife and not the IPL chief.
Irani also criticised the Congress for staging a protest without shirts outside Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan’s residence.
“Boys from Congress took off their shirts and protested versus the Speaker. Lok Sabha Speaker is Parliament’s pride. Is this the respect Congress has actually for women? Is this what Rahul Gandhi preaches to the Congress party?” Irani said on Friday.
“It this their culture? What message are they giving?” she questioned.
Members of Youth Congress on Thursday staged a protest versus Mahajan for suspending 25 Congress MPs by taking off their shirts.
Irani also attacked Congress for its criticism of the Naga peace accord and opposition to the GST bill, saying the former was historic as far the country’s internal security was concerned while GST would led to economic revolution.
(With inputs from agencies)