Lalit Modi row : Smriti Irani bats for Sushma to counter Sonia and Rahul Gandhi’s fury

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After  Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice- president Rahul Gandhi’s scathing attack on External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, the BJP  has  hit back at Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi who was called an “expert in theatrics” by  Sonia, with the ruling party taking a dig at dynastic politics.

Rahul even made very serious allegations of Sushma taking bribe from Lalit Modi to protect him. Sonia sarcastically said that unlike Sushma, she would have gladly helped Lalit Modi’s ailing wife but without breaking the law.

To counter the Congress onslaught ,  BJP fielded Union Minister Smriti Irani to defend the External Affairs Minister as well as Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and attack the top Congress leaders on a day the verbal duel between the two parties escalated with both  Sonia and  Rahul Gandhi making sharp comments against Swaraj over the Lalit Modi controversy.

Taking a swipe at the Gandhi dynasty over their attack on Swaraj and the Speaker, she suggested both of them came from normal families.

“People in this country know that a woman coming from a normal family has 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.

Noting that the “boys of Congress” removed their shirt to protest “naked” against the Speaker’s decision to suspend 25 Congress members from Lok Sabha, Irani wondered if this was the value Rahul wanted Congress to absorb.

To a question on the attack of Gandhis on Ms. Swaraj, she shot back asking if they wanted to say that Parliament had become a theatre by terming her statement in Lok Sabha as “drama”.

“Such a statement is disrespect to the dignity of Parliament. Congress party especially Rahul Gandhi should not work to reduce Parliament’s respect,” she told reporters .

She 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.

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