New Delhi: The Congress on Friday mocked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not taking any question in his first appearance at a press conference. Taking to Twitter, party president Rahul Gandhi posted, “Congratulations Modi Ji. Excellent Press Conference! Showing up is half the battle. Next time Mr Shah may even allow you to answer a couple of questions. Well done.”
Gandhi also launched a scathing attack at the PM during a press conference at party headquarters in the national capital, which he addressed almost at the same time as the BJP’s media briefing.
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Claiming that it is ‘very impressive’ to see the PM address his first press conference a few days before the Lok Sabha election results are out, the Congress chief said, “The PM’s first press conference is coming 4-5 days before the election results. The PM is accompanying Amit Shah in the press briefing. It is unprecedented. Very good. I am told the doors have also been shut, as journalists who want to ask questions have been blocked. It is a great press conference.”
Raking up the Rafale fighter jets deal issue, he said, “I want to ask the prime minister why he did not hold a debate on the Rafale issue? I want to ask you why did you give Rs 30,000 crore to Anil Ambani. I was ready to come to Race Course road to hold a debate with Modi.”
Meanwhile, senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel also left no chance to slam PM Modi. In a tweet, he said, “Never seen a press conference where someone else is answering questions on your behalf. There was no need to lower the dignity of the office of the Prime Minister just to prove a point.”
Former home minister and senior leader P Chidambaram said, “PM ‘addresses’ press conference. Who is the wit who said ‘silence can be eloquent’? PM’s press conference was proof of that statement.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed his first press conference after coming to power in 2014 on Friday and asserted that the BJP will come back to power with a full majority. However, he refused to take any questions, citing party discipline.
After his opening remarks, during the media briefing at the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) headquarters on the last day of campaigning for Lok Sabha Elections 2019, PM Modi diverted questions by journalists, saying he will not answer because the press conference is being addressed by BJP president Amit Shah, and in BJP’s system, discipline has to be followed. “We are disciplined soldiers of the party. The party president is everything for us,” he had said.