Former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda, today, find fault with Prime Minister Narendra Modi accusing him of avoiding Parliament to discuss on Rafale deal. As accusations are being directly levelled against him, he said that PM should speak on the deal in Parliament.
Though Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has presented the issue in a very commendable way with a spirited defence on the deal, in the Parliament, the JD(S) supremo said that that was not sufficient.
“Why can’t the prime minister come to the House and speak? The defence minister argued well but that’s a different matter,” Gowda said. “The charge is against the prime minister. Be it the prime minister or any other leader, when there is a charge, he should come before the House,” he added.
By avoiding Parliament, Gowda alleged that PM is giving scope to people to doubt him on the issue. “It is not a question of whether he (Modi) is right or someone else is. But the only problem is why the prime minister is not coming to respond to the question,” Gowda said.
He said the prime minister was giving interviews and was set to address 200 rallies, but what was more important was that he should have spoken in Parliament as well. “My advice to the prime minister is that when such an allegation is made, he should be in the House and face it,” he added.
Raising the issue of delay in the appointment of the Lokpal, Gowda said he had cleared the proposal for the ombudsman in his 10-month tenure as prime minister. In his version of the ombudsman law, the prime minister was brought under its ambit, he said.