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NEW DELHI: Congress on Friday slammed the Modi government for “stifling its voice” every time it sought to question the government. Party MP Rahul Gandhi alleged BJP did not “like him speaking in the House” and stopped him, as a result, in what he called was a “completely unparliamentary manner. ”
Rahul also claimed that Union health minister Harsh Vardhan had acted at the behest of higher ups in the government and read out a statement demanding an apology from him instead of answering a question about his parliamentary constituency not having a medical college.
“People are struggling because they don’t have access to medical facilities. BJP obviously doesn’t like me to speak in the House. So, in a completely unparliamentary manner, the health minister raised something that I said outside, which he has no business doing during Question Hour,” he said .
Later, Congress lodged a formal complaint against Vardhan with Speaker Om Birla, demanding action against the minister and an apology from him for his “unparliamentary” remarks against Rahul Gandhi.
“Gandhi pleaded that his rights and privileges should be restored and opportunity should be given to him to ask questions. I have said our member in the Well went there due to the emotional outburst triggered after the minister’s remarks. If found to be wrong, we will express regret,” Congress’ leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said.

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