After PM Narendra Modi addressed his first-ever press conference in five years, Congress president Rahul Gandhi met journalists at the party headquarters in New Delhi on Friday.
Arranged by Congress's national spokesperson Randeep Surjewala, Rahul Gandhi thanked the media and people before taking questions.
“Very impressive,” Mr. Gandhi said when a reporter asked him about Mr. Modi’s press conference. “It is an unprecedented event. The Prime Minister is addressing the press for the first time,” Mr. Gandhi said adding that he would like a reporter to ask the Prime Minister why he wasn’t ready for a debate on the Rafale deal. “Please tell the press why haven’t you agreed for a debate,” he remarked.
On BJP’s Bhopal candidate Pragya Singh Thakur’s remarks lauding Godse, Mr. Gandhi said the BJP supported Himsa (violence) and not ahimsa (non-violence).
Rahul Gandhi accused the Election Commission of India of being biased. “Whatever he [Modi] wants to say, he can say. But someone else is punished for the same things,” he claimed.
Rahul Gandhi wondered if the election schedule was based on Mr. Modi’s campaign schedule.