Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday launched a blistering attack against Prime Minister Narendra Modi accusing him of protecting those responsible for alleged corruption in the Rafale deal with France.
Narendra Modi attacked the Congress by repeatedly saying in parliament that the opposition party had no right to lecture the government on democracy. "When we speak about creating new states, we remember the manner in which Atal Bihari Vajpayee created Uttarakhand, Jharkhand, and Chhattisgarh. He showed how far sighted decision-making is done". Modi also said that no one should spread rumors about unemployment in the country and the truth is actually entirely different to what people are being led to believe. "They humiliated him. Nobody in India needs lessons on democracy from the Congress Party".
He said, the government always looked for suggestions, feedback and input on various schemes as everyone is working for the interest of the nation and the poor.
TDP and YSRCP members went back to their seats but Congress lawmakers kept shouting slogans throughout Mr Modi's speech. He said that "12 out of 15 Congress committees had voted for Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel...despite that, the prime ministership wasn't given to Patel, but instead to Nehruji".
Stressing on BJP's serious intentions on strengthening connectivity in Tripura, Modi said, "We have already given broad-gauge railway connectivity to Tripura, improved the national highways and large allocations have been given for development of airports in Tripura".
He said the non-performing assets (NPAs) of banks were a "sin" of the UPA government, alleging that the Congress was spreading lies to create a sense of disappointment among the middle class about his government. And Gandhi had said since the country has got independence, now Congress is not required and should be disbanded.
The PM recalled the words of former PM Rajiv Gandhi after then prime minister Indira Gandhi's death, and said the party wanted an India in which thousands of innocent Sikhs were done to death.
She said rural economy and small and medium enterprises were in a shambles and joblessness had increased.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi has indicated and which was also visible in the recently-held Gujarat elections, younger faces could be given a preference in Madhya Pradesh as well.
Senior functionaries, however, had said the Congress president had been doubling up as the parliamentary party chief since the times of Indira Gandhi. Do you need India of the time when thousands of innocent Sikhs were massacred after a "big tree" fell?
Replying to opposition criticism of the government splurging hundreds of crores on advertising, Modi said that the money was not being splurged on giving full-page advertisements on the "birthdays of a single family" but was being utilized for "behavioral change".
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