Rahul Gandhi’s “fair and lovely” remark in the Lok Sabha used against the ruling government’s proposal to extract black money are set to make trouble for himself only, as treasury benches and some ruling party MPs are now planning to turn the tables on the Congress vice-president.
LJP chief Ramvilas Paswan, his son Chirag as well as BJP’s Arjun Meghwal have plan to taken the issue to Lok sabha and move an attention motion, complaining that the statement is “racist” and depicts backward people in a derogatory manner.
However, party leaders were not sure whether Speaker Sumitra Mahajan would allow such a motion in the House, where tempers between the treasury benches and the opposition are already running high.
BJP has decided not to let Rahul go off the hook, saying the party would be making an issue of the “derogatory” remark both inside and outside Parliament, sources said. “Apart from being a line from an advertisement, which is not supposed to be used in Parliament as it promotes a particular product, the connotation is racist and sexist,” said a government source.
During his speech on the President’s address, Gandhi had started off with a taunt on a budgetary proposal allowing a window to domestic black money-hoarders to declare their illicit money within a stipulated period of time. “They launched a ‘Fair and Lovely Yojana’ …. to convert black money to white money. Modiji had promised that he will put people with black money behind bars. Now they have come up with ways to save those people,” he had said on Wednesday.
BJP is considering whether to take up the issue in Parliament as part of a calling attention motion or in some other form, or to take it up outside the House as many organisations, including those concerned with scheduled castes, have already reacted adversely to the comment, said a party functionary.
BJP feels the issue could help it regain any ‘lost ground’ to connect with the backwards and Dalits, especially in the wake of the Rohith Vemula issue.