Popular India TV courtroom show ‘Aap Ki Adalat’ featured Union Minister Smriti Irani and India TV Editor-in-Chief & Chairman Rajat Sharma and saw both engaged in a heated debate on various issues.
The entire session was centered on Congress MP Rahul Gandhi, his trip to London, Amethi, and the ongoing Adani Group squabble.
Irani began the exchange by criticizing the Congress party for demanding a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) investigation and challenging Gandhi to answer five questions. There were several agreements signed by the Adani conglomerate during the UPA regime, the Minister said.
Irani defended Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s silence on the ‘Adani-Ambani’ slogans, saying, “Modi is silent because he is the Pradhan Sewak. Every day, he has to gulp poison. In terms of Adani, if you meet Rahul Gandhi, ask him these five questions.”
According to a media statement issued by India TV, Irani chastised Gandhi and other party leaders for personal attacks on the prime minister and his family on multiple occasions, including the death of the latter’s mother.
The union minister went on to say that Amethi made significant progress during her tenure as opposed to the Congress regime. “In Amethi, I demolished their 40-year-old empire. The man they extolled as the uncrowned king of their political legacy is now walking the streets,” she added.
Irani delved deeper into Gandhi’s statements on the international stage about inviting foreign powers to intervene in the country’s functioning in a heated interview.
Demanding an apology from the Gandhi scion, she questioned, “Why should the Indian taxpayers pay for Rahul’s or Congress’ mistakes? In a foreign land, he lied and insulted India. He called on foreign powers to intervene… This is an attack not only on our country but on Modi, it is an attack on our younger generation. Do you think our youth will sit silent and watch this tamasha (spectacle)?”
When Sharma enquired about the accusations made by the Congress that Gandhi was barred from making any remarks in the parliament or Indian universities, forcing him to address the issues on foreign soil, Irani quickly rebuffed him.
She stated that parliamentary proceedings are in order, citing examples of slogans raised in the parliament by Congress representatives and that it is up to party leaders to act properly and apologize for making baseless comments.
In response to the allegation that Congress muted microphones during parliamentary proceedings, she clarified, “How can the microphones be muted? Those who witnessed Rahul’s press conference can tell you if he was able to speak alone. He requires the assistance of a translator to speak. Examine what he said. He said, ‘unfortunately I am a member of Parliament’. Yeh public hai, sab jaanti hai.”