Congress president Rahul Gandhi at a press conference in New Delhi on Friday. Photo/ANI
Congress president Rahul Gandhi at a press conference in New Delhi on Friday. Photo/ANI

Journalists were prevented from entering PM's press conference: Rahul Gandhi

ANI | Updated: May 17, 2019 20:15 IST

New Delhi [India], May 17 (ANI): Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday said that journalists were prevented from entering the press conference of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah here.
"I was told that doors have been locked to prevent journalists who want to enter. I asked Randeep ji to send some journalist from our side. He said he cannot as doors are locked," said Gandhi.
Referring to Modi's reluctance to address the press, Gandhi said: "Congratulations Modi Ji. Showing up is half the battle. Next time Mr Shah may even allow you to answer a couple of questions."
Held days before the conclusion of elections on May 19, Gandhi termed the PM's press conference "unprecedented" and said: "Very good, very impressive. PM's first press conference happens 4-5 days before election results."
Asking PM Modi to answer the press about the Rafale deal, Gandhi said: "Since he is live at the press conference, let me ask him why he did not debate with me on the Rafale."
"I challenged you to talk about Anil Ambani. I want to ask you why you gave Rs 30,000 crore of the Air Force. Answer the press."
In the press conference, Prime Minister Modi said: "I am a disciplined soldier. In our party, the president is everything." He said this while directing questions put to him to party president Shah a reporter inquired if she could ask the Prime Minister something.
As Shah kept replying to questions, another reporter sought to put a supplementary to Prime Minister Modi. Shah shot back to the reporter saying the question has been answered and the Prime Minister need not answer queries on everything.
The elections to 59 parliamentary constituencies will be held on May 19 in the seventh and last round of national polls. The counting of votes will take place on May 23. (ANI)