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Singapore: Rahul Gandhi grilled, says PM Narendra Modi wouldn't have faced the same

Singapore: Rahul Gandhi grilled, says PM Narendra Modi wouldn't have faced the same

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 10 Mar 2018, 10:41 am

Singapore City, Mar 10 (IBNS): Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who was apparently grilled by a questioner during a session in Singapore, said the same wouldn't have been done to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The questioner, who identified himself as PK Basu, said he had authored the book "Asia Reborn", and is a teacher of economic history, asked Gandhi, "Why is it that, when your family ruled the country, India's per capita income grew slower than the world average, but since your family relinquished the PM-ship, India's per capita income has grown much substantially faster than the world average?"

Gandhi shot back with, "And what is your hypothesis?"

Answering the Congress leader's question, the professor asked Gandhi to read his book to know his hypothesis.

"I asked you the question. I'm here to ask the question... My hypothesis is in my book. Please read the book," he said as audience laughed and clapped.

However, unfazed, Gandhi shot back, "So you are saying that I have absolutely no role in Indian politics from 2004 to today? You are saying that? Make up your mind. I either have a role or I don't, you can't give me both options."

He added, "Now you notice something else... Mr Narendra Modi would never do that. You would never have the ability to say in front of Modiji what you said to me. And I am absolutely blazingly proud of that."

Later Gandhi said, "Anybody in this room who thinks that the Congress is not party to that success, anybody who thinks that gaining Independence was not part of that success, that one man, one vote which the RSS opposed, was not part of that success, anybody who thinks that Green revolution was not part of that success... anybody who thinks that the telecom was not part of that success.. anybody who thinks that liberalisation was not part of that success... needs to write a new book."

The Congress party, who didn't take too kindly the manner in which its party president was questioned, tweeted, "With political discourse hitting new lows everyday, Congress President Rahul Gandhi shows how to gracefully handle detractors and call their bluff. #RGinSingapore #IndiaAt70"