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Exclusive : Why Rahul Gandhi and Kejriwal are “silent” in public over Narendra Modi’s “scams” ?

On 16 November, while speaking in Delhi Assembly, Arvind Kejriwal waved a few papers which he called a proof of Narendra Modi taking a bribe of Rs 25 crores from a corporate house when he was the chief minister of Gujarat. The news generated much hype and questions were raised. However, when Arvind Kejriwal was asked to furnish the proof in public (outside the Delhi Assembly), he did not speak a word. Despite repeated requests, Kejriwal refused to talk about it outside the Assembly.

Similarly, today Rahul Gandhi made an allegation that he has ‘proofs’ of Narendra Modi’s personal involvement in a “scam”. Rahul Gandhi added that he wants to expose PM Modi and his scams in the parliament but is not being allowed to speak. Despite the dramatic allegation, when he was asked to expose the scams of PM Modi outside the parliament, he outrightly refused to do so maintaining a silence. BJP leaders and leaders from other parties also took a jibe on the Congress prince asking him to release all the proofs in public if he is not allowed to speak in the parliament, but there was no response.

So, why do Kejriwal and Rahul not want to talk about Modi’s scams and corruption outside the parliament ? If they have “proofs” why do they not make it public ? Along with giving them a huge political advantage, it will also expose the scams done by the Prime Minister and give a clear picture to the nation !

The reason lies in “Parliamentary Immunity“, which means that parliamentarians and legislators enjoy certain immunities. The privileges that they enjoy are –

  • Freedom of speech,
  • Freedom from arrest and
  • Exemption from attendance as jurors and witnesses.

This means that an MLA or MP cannot be arrested or subjected to any legal proceedings for whatever he/she speaks inside the assembly or the parliament. However, if someone speaks lies and defames a person, he can be dragged to the court and slapped with defamation charges. Kejriwal has faced this a number of times in the past when he openly called Nitin Gadkari and Arun Jaitley as corrupt. He was slapped by the court and had to personally beg Nitin Gadkari to settle the case.

They both know if they make “baseless allegations of scams” and show “fabricated proofs” outside the parliament, they will be dragged to the court and since there is no proof in reality that exists, they will be punished by the court for falsely defaming the Prime Minister of the country. That is the precise reason why both Rahul Gandhi and Kejriwal only want to call Modi corrupt when they are inside the Parliament and Assembly respectively, and become silent in public.


Kshitij Mohan

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