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Parliament LIVE: BJP Trying to Divert Attention from Northeast, No Question of Apology, Says Rahul Gandhi Amid Ruckus Over 'Rape in India' Remark

News18.com | December 13, 2019, 1:47 PM IST
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Parliament LIVE Updates: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Rape in India’ comment triggered an uproar in the Lok Sabha on Friday as the BJP accused him of insulting all women with his comments and sought his apology. Attacking Gandhi, BJP’s Smriti Irani said: “It’s happened for the first time in history of India that Gandhi family's son is saying “come and rape women in India”. Gandhi, in a public rally on Thursday, had said: "Narendra Modi had said 'Make in India' but nowadays wherever you look, it is 'Rape in India'. In Uttar Pradesh Narendra Modi's MLA raped a woman, then she met with an accident but Narendra Modi did not utter a word.”

Several MPs also raised slogans of "Rahul Gandhi maafi maango" in the Rajya Sabha after which Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said: "You cannot take the name of a person who is not a member of this House. Nobody has the business to disturb the House." Both the Houses have been adjourned till 12pm.
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Dec 13, 2019 1:47 pm (IST)

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's remarks on rape were at the centre of furious protests in the Lok Sabha on the last day of the winter session today with leaders of the ruling BJP protesting and demanding an apology from him. Gandhi said in Jharkhand on Thursday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Make in India' initiative is like 'rape in India', an apparent reference to rising incidents of rape in the country. As Speaker Om Birla, who adjourned the house sine die, was reading out his remarks on the various issues taken up during the session, Treasury benches demanded an apology from Gandhi for his rape remarks.
    

Dec 13, 2019 1:06 pm (IST)

Hitting back at BJP , Rahul Gandhi writes:

Dec 13, 2019 12:55 pm (IST)

Clarifying his statements further, Rahul Gandhi says, " All I said was that PM keeps talking about 'Make in India', but when we open newspapers, all we read is about rape in India.There are news of rapes from every BJP ruled states."

Dec 13, 2019 12:49 pm (IST)

Responding to all allegations and demands for apology over his 'Rape in India' remark, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi says that there is "no question of apologizing." "This is merely an excuse for the government to divert attention from the main issue in front of us right now - the citizenship law -- and nothing else," he adds.  

Dec 13, 2019 12:28 pm (IST)

Protests Over CAB in RS | Meanwhile, protests erupt in Rajya Sabha over the controversial citizenship law with Opposition MPs raising slogans against PM Modi in the well of the house. 

Dec 13, 2019 12:24 pm (IST)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi enters Lok Sabha amid ruckus over Rahul Gandhi's rape remark with MPs shouting slogans of 'Maafi Mango'. "If the blood that flows in the veins of Rahul Gandhi is Indian, then he should apologize to each and every women of the country," says Giriraj Singh. 

Dec 13, 2019 12:09 pm (IST)

Such People Shouldn't be Elected: Rajnath Singh | Defence minister Rajnath Singh launches an attack on Rahul Gandhi and says, "The PM is promoting 'Make in India' so that the country becomes an export youth capital and generates employment opportunity. But equating that idea with something so vile, is hurtful to not just me but the entire country. These kind of people should not be elected to the House."

Dec 13, 2019 12:06 pm (IST)

After briefly assembling for 15 minutes, the Lok Sabha was adjourned yet again after ruckus ensued in the Lower House over Rahul Gandhi's 'Rape in India' remark at Jharkhand rally. 

Dec 13, 2019 11:33 am (IST)

Both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha have been adjourned till 12 pm amid massive uproar in parliament over Rahul Gandhi's 'Rape in India' comment. 

Dec 13, 2019 11:31 am (IST)

DMK MP Kanimozhi comes to the defence of Rahul Gandhi in the Lower House and explains that the Congress leader was trying to highlight the growing incidents of rape cases in India. "The PM has always been saying it has to be make in India so that India flourishes.. what Rahul Gandhi said was that situation in india has changed," she said.

Dec 13, 2019 11:28 am (IST)

Today's Lok Sabha proceedings have been engulfed by an uproar from several BJP MPs who are chanting slogans of "Rahul gandhi maafi maango", over his 'Rape in india' remark.

Dec 13, 2019 11:25 am (IST)

What is the 'Rape in India' Remark? Rahul Gandhi, in a public rally on Thursday, had said: "Narendra Modi had said 'Make in India' but nowadays wherever you look, it is 'Rape in India'. In Uttar Pradesh Narendra Modi's MLA raped a woman, then she met with an accident but Narendra Modi did not utter a word.”

Dec 13, 2019 11:25 am (IST)

BJP’s Smriti Irani, attacking Gandhi, said: “It’s happened for the first time in history of India that Gandhi family's son is saying “come and rape women in India," adding that Rahul gandhi should be punished for "politically using women".

Dec 13, 2019 11:24 am (IST)

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Rape in India’ comment triggered an uproar in the Lok Sabha today as the BJP accused him of insulting all women with his comments and sought his apology

Parliament LIVE: BJP Trying to Divert Attention from Northeast, No Question of Apology, Says Rahul Gandhi Amid Ruckus Over 'Rape in India' Remark
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Earlier, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury had raised the Unnao rape case in Lok Sabha, saying the country was gradually moving towards "rape in India" from "make in India". Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Chowdhury said there have been many incidents in the past -- from Kathua to Unnao -- where women or girls have been gangraped and killed.

A 23-year-old rape victim in Unnao was recently set ablaze by five men. She succumbed to injuries in Delhi' Safdarjung hospital "I feel ashamed when I hear such incidents. We are gradually moving towards 'rape in India' from 'make in India,' he said, taking a dig at the NDA government's slogan of 'make in India' to promote industries in the country. Chowdhury also claimed that no senior leader of the government has spoken on the issue so far.

Several BJP members tried to counter the Congress leader by raising an incident of alleged gangrape of a girl in Chhattisgarh, a Congress-ruled state.

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