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Rahul Gandhi questions PM Modi’s silence on Vyapam scandal
24-07-2015

New Delhi: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s silence on the Vyapam scam. “More than 40 people have died in the Vyapam scam. One of your friends has also died. This is such a big scam and the PM is silent on this,” Gandhi told reporters outside parliament.

“Can’t he make a single comment on the scam? I don’t have any problem if he doesn’t speak. The more he remains silent, it is good for me. When people of India voted, they had immense faith in Modiji. Now, they are cursing themselves because their faith and confidence in the prime minister has been crushed,” he said.

The deadlock in Parliament is likely to continue with Congress on Thursday rallying other opposition parties on “no resignation, no discussion” strategy over Lalit Modi and Vyapam controversies.

Parliament has witnessed a washout since the Monsoon session began on July 21 with Congress-led opposition aggressively pressing for ouster of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, as also Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, rejecting the government’s offer for a debate.

In the meeting on Thursday, it was decided to press ahead with the strategy. Soon afterwards, Question Hour in the Lok Sabha was washed out for the second consecutive day as opposition continued its protest over Lalit Modi controversy.

As opposition Congress, TRS and Left members refused to budge, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourned the House till noon, minutes after the Question Hour was taken up. Later, the House was adjourned for the day following continued opposition ruckus. The Government too is digging in its heels, saying there won't be any probe or resignation. (With inputs from agencies)