New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday for his praise of her speech in Parliament.
Posting Swaraj's speech in Lok Sabha on Twitter, PM Modi wrote - "A must watch speech by Sushma Swaraj ji in Parliament".
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 12, 2015
Swaraj replied to the post by tweeting - "Thank you Prime Minister".
Thank you Prime Minister. https://t.co/PBfctpZag6
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) August 12, 2015
The campaign for the ouster of Swaraj was today met with a strong counter-offensive when she launched a no-holds-barred attack on Congress accusing it of having taken money to help Ottavio Quattrochchi and Warren Anderson flee India even as the government rejected the demand for her resignation.
Taking the floor after a number of searching questions were raised by Congress group leader Mallikarjun Kharge, Swaraj's charges against former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi and his government and the attack on Rahul Gandhi escalated further tensions between the opposition and government as a washed-out session of Parliament comes to an end tomorrow.
On the penultimate day of the month-long session, which was paralysed over the Congress demand for Swaraj's resignation, the two sides settled for a discussion on an adjournment motion that was often acrimonious.
At the end of the day, the adjournment motion was defeated by a voice after Congress walked out of the House and Finance Minister Arun Jatiley rejected the demand for her resignation saying all the allegations against "are baseless".
Kharge, who moved an adjournment motion, raised a number of queries over Swaraj's help to former IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi, a "fugitive", in getting travel document "in stealth" to go outside London when law enforcement agencies were looking for him here.
But things got personal when Swaraj began her reply and launched into a fusillade against Gandhi and the Congress governments in the past including the one headed by his late father Rajiv Gandhi.
Swaraj referred to Rahul's attack on her that she indulged in a criminal act and helped a "fugitive flee" from law in "stealth".
"Sushma does not do anything in stealth. If there was anyone who indulged in stealth it was the Rajiv Gandhi government that helped Union Carbide's chief Warren Anderson to flee from India in the wake of the Bhopal gas disaster. It was the Congress government that helped Bofors accused Ottavio Quattrochchi to flee from India," as per PTI.
Rahul Gandhi, who she said often shows interest in taking two-month holidays, should sit in isolation and go into the history of Congress governments.
"Come back and ask your mother how much money did Quattrocchi give. Why was Warren Anderson, who was responsible for the deaths of 15,000 people, allowed to go out of the country," she said in her speech that riled the Congress benches," she said.
(With PTI inputs)