New Delhi, Aug 12: In his counter to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's attack on the Gandhis in Parliament, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said she is the first humanitarian to work secretly and Lalit Modi is a symbol of black money in India.
"A lot of people do humanitarian works. Sushmaji is the first humanitarian in the world who does it in secrecy," Rahul said even as the MPs from the treasury benches tried to shout him out. "Lalit Modi is a symbol of black money in India and I want to ask this government why it helped him," he said.
"Yesterday, Sushmaji held my hand and asked why am I angry with her. I told her I respect her. I looked her in the eyes and said I am speaking the truth. She did not say anything and only lowered her eyes," Rahul added.
The Congress vice-president also attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his silence. "Modiji had said I will not be corrupt nor let anybody be. Today, he does not have the guts to sit in this chair and face this House," Rahul said.
In her defence earlier, External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj had asked Rahul Gandhi to enquire from his mother Sonia Gandhi about Union Carbide chief Warren Anderson leaving the country after the Bhopal gas disaster.
"When he (Rahul Gandhi) goes on leave next, he should read the history of his family and then ask his mother how much money the family got from Anderson," Sushma Swaraj said in her speech in the Lok Sabha during a debate held under an adjournment motion on extending favours to former Indian Premier League chief Lalit Modi. "Helping Anderson was a case of quid pro quo, and not mine as being alleged," she added.
The minister's remark came in the light of Rahul Gandhi and Congress president Sonia Gandhi leading multi-party protests to seek Sushma Swaraj's resignation for allegedly favouring Lalit Modi.
On Monday, Rahul Gandhi had said that parliament would function after Sushma Swaraj discloses her family's financial transactions with the former IPL chief, facing investigation by the Enforcement Directorate. "Please explain how much money of Lalit Modi has come into your family's account," he had sought to know from Sushma Swaraj.
The Congress is demanding resignation of Sushma Swaraj over her alleged help to Lalit Modi in getting British travel documents. Sushma Swaraj has denied helping Lalit Modi but only his ailing wife who had to undergo a cancer procedure.
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