Union Minister Prakash Javadekar held a fiery news conference on Wednesday over the Congress crying foul over PM Modi invoking allegations of corruption against his predecessor Rajiv Gandhi.
Asking the Congress party 'will you not entertain a discussion on a former Prime Minister's work, only seek votes in his name?', Javadekar issued a long list of abuses hurled at PM Modi by the Congress, calling it a 'half-century of abuses' that will become a century by the time the elections are over.
The minister's press briefing comes just hours after the Congress party's attempt to get the Supreme Court to compel the Election Commission to act against PM Modi and Amit Shah over a list of their alleged model code of conduct violations failed, with the apex court accepting the EC's argument that it had already adjudicated on all the complaints. The 'Bhrashtachari No 1' reference made by the Prime Minister against former PM Rajiv Gandhi was also a part of the Congress list, submitted in an affidavit by party MP Sushmita Dev.
During the course of his remarks, Javadekar also highlighted how Congress president Rahul Gandhi was forced to apologise to the Supreme Court for having misattributed his 'Chowkidar Chor Hai' slogan to its order in the Rafale review petitions. Republic TV has accessed Rahul Gandhi's affidavit in which the unconditional apology has been made.
The Congress has raged incandescent ever since Saturday when PM Modi has made his remarks, even taking out a signature campaign involving teachers of Delhi University. However, when Republic TV inquired, the first signatory in Sam Pitroda's campaign turned out to be a person closely associated with the party. Meanwhile, a counter-campaign by DU teachers has thrown its weight behind PM Modi in the controversy.