As the 16th Lok Sabha’s last session ended on Wednesday, Congress president Rahul Gandhi saw a “frightened” and “demoralised” Prime Minister running for cover but Sonia Gandhi warned the Opposition against complacency, predicting that the ruling establishment could stoop to any low to retain power.
Rahul told a media conference: “The psychological impact of the Rafale scam is visible on Narendra Modi; he is frightened, demoralised. That there has been wrongdoing in Rafale has sunk in, people have realised, the bureaucracy and the defence ministry know. BJP leaders know. Modiji also knows (that) any day the process can start and reach a conclusion.”
Asked how he was so convinced that the Rafale campaign had reached the masses, Rahul said: You can conduct a test. Go anywhere and say: ‘chowkidar’. The response invariably will be: ‘Chor hai’. Even in (the) Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh (elections), Rafale was a factor. The youth who had reposed faith in Modi have realised this man cannot be trusted.”