Sushma Swaraj has nothing to do: Rahul
New Delhi, August 24
Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for “monopolising the Ministry of External Affairs” saying Indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj had nothing to do.
Taking questions at the Indian Institute of Strategic Studies in London where he first spoke of the BJP Government undermining support structures for the poor, Gandhi said “Sushma Swaraj has nothing better to do than give people visas”.
He was answering a query on why the Indian MEA was so small and what he would do to change its look if Congress got a chance at power in 2019.
“We will open up the MEA and make it more accessible to people. If MEA is closed today it’s not because we don’t have talent. It’s because the PM has monopolised it. It’s a great thing to some that Indian foreign minister spends a lot of time giving visas but the fact is she has nothing better to do. She’s a capable lady. If allowed to do something she can end this monopoly,” Gandhi said.
He also disagreed with the discussion moderator who remarked that India was now trying to punch above its weight globally.
If India were indeed punching about its weight, Doklam wouldn’t have happened, Gandhi said.
He also insisted during his answers that the Chinese are still at Doklam. In this Gandhi contradicted the Government of India, which has said the Chinese have withdrawn from the point of contact there.
In India’s punching above the weight issue, Gandhi said if the PM continued to do things without listening to people—“as he did in demonetisation, poor GST implementation and destruction of small and medium business—forget India punching above its weight it wouldn’t be able to punch at all.