Rahul Gandhi’s remark that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s New Year interview was “staged” and done by a “pliable journalist” drew a sharp riposte from Union Minister Arun Jaitley, who called him the “Grandson of the Emergency Dictator”.
In tweets this morning, Arun Jaitley stated: “The Grandson of the Emergency dictator’ displays his real DNA – attacks and intimidates an independent editor.”
While aiming PM Modi over the Rafale jet deal, Rahul Gandhi had referred to his exclusive interview to ANI editor Smita Prakash on January 1.
“He (Modi) does not have the guts to come and sit in front of you. And I am coming here, you can ask me any query. You saw the prime minister’s interview yesterday…Matlab pliable journalist, she was asking questions and was even providing answers.”
The Congress president had also referred to the interview during the Rafale debate in the parliament earlier: “The nation is asking why the Prime Minister can talk for a one-and-a-half hour in a staged interview and not answer fundamental questions on Rafale.”
Smita Prakash called Mr. Gandhi’s comments a “cheap shot” in a tweet.