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'Rape in India': No question of apology: Rahul
'Rape in India': No question of apology: Rahul

New Delhi, Dec 13 (TIWN) Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday refused to apologise over his "rape in India" remark during an election rally in Jharkhand and hit out at the government saying this was "merely an excuse" for them to divert attention from the main issue.

The BJP on Friday launched a blistering attack on the former Congress president for his statement at a Jharkhand rally where he said the country was moving from ‘Make in India’ to ‘Rape in India’.

This drew angry reactions from the BJP in Parliament on the last day of the Winter Session, with Union Minister Smriti Irani asking if the leader was instigating men to come to the country and rape Indian women. 

“It has happened for the first time in history of India that Gandhi family's son is saying “come and rape women in India,” Irani said as she was joined by BJP’s Locket Chatterjee and other women MPs of the party. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh too joined the chorus, saying people who make such remarks “have no moral right to be member of this House”.  Rubbishing the allegations, Gandhi said the BJP was merely trying to shift the narrative from the Northeast, which has been on the edge over the Citizenship Amendment law. “This is merely an excuse for the government to divert attention from the main issue in front of us right now — the citizenship law — and nothing else," he said.


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