NEW DELHI: Much to the delight of the Congress, the monsoon session of Parliament has seen a new, more aggressive Rahul Gandhi. Unlike his earlier self - when he was better known for long absences and lacklustre House debates — on Wednesday, the Congress vice-president attacked external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj for her alleged involvement in Lalitgate; he also took on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
"Sushma Swaraj is a discreet humanitarian. She is the first humanitarian who helps quietly. Sushmaji held my hand in Parliament yesterday and asked me, 'Beta maine galat kya kiya?" he said.
Taking a dig at PM Narendra Modi, Rahul added, "Gandhiji ke teen bandar kehte hain - Bura mat dekho, bura mat suno, bura mat bolo. Modi ji ke 3 naye bandar hai, unka kehna hai- Sach mat dekho, sach mat suno, sach mat bolo."
"PM Narendra Modi doesn't have the guts to sit here and face our questions. Modi ji ne desh ko kaha tha ki, na khaunga na khaane dunga, mai iss baare mein bolna chah raha hun to ye mujhe chup kar rahe hain," he added.
Rahul Gandhi's notes for his speech were caught on camera by Prem Singh, from The Telegraph. The photojournalist captured Rahul's 'cheat sheet' — and the talking points for his Hindi speech were all written in Roman alphabets.
"Log PM Modi ko sunna chahte hai, woh unki rai janna chahte hai, Modigate par, Vyapam par (People want to hear Prime Minister Modi, they want to know his opinion, on Modigate, on Vyapam)," reads the first point.
The "3 monkeys of Gandhi ji" are also listed in his notes. Both points featured in his speech in the House later.
As expected, Twitterati lapped up this 'picture perfect' opportunity.