Rahul Gandhi did not need political clearance for UK trip, says Congress

Rahul Gandhi did not need political clearance for UK trip, says Congress

New Delhi: Congress on Thursday said Rahul Gandhi did not require any “political clearance” for his visit abroad, adding that he took the required FCRA permissions that lawmakers are required to take.
“Rahul Gandhi had taken the adequate FCRA permission, let me say that on record. Rahul Gandhi does not require political clearances,” Congress Chief Spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said in response to a question.
“If you are a Minister or holding a public office, if you are a member of a commission, if you are a government servant and you go for an official function outside of India, you need political clearances, but, if a Member of Parliament or a Member of Legislative Assembly or a Member of Legislative Council travels offside the country, he or she only needs FCRA clearance and not any political clearance,” Surjewala explained.
“We still are a democratic country; we don’t live in the stone age and hopefully, we will not live like that,” he said.
The Congress spokesperson also slammed BJP leaders for mocking Rahul Gandhi over a part of his interaction at Cambridge University where he was asked about violence and non-violence, including his personal experience of violence. He was also asked about his “personal resilience” to violence.
The former Congress president was silent for a while, and then replied, “the word that comes to my mind is forgiveness”.
He went silent again, and when a few members from the audience clapped he said “…I am thinking.”
Several BJP leaders trolled him over his silence on social media.
Surjewala slammed the leaders criticising Rahul Gandhi, and said, “Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi are two such names which do not belong to the Indian National Congress alone. They are a part of the soil of this country, they have fought extremism in this country.”
“If someone asks Indira Gandhi’s grandson and Rajiv Gandhi’s son that you have been a victim of personal violence, and what is the relationship between violence and non-violence, and someone absorbs all his feelings and says after two minutes that the first word that comes to my mind is forgiveness, I feel pity for those who make fun of it,” Surjewala said.
UNI

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