New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched an all-out offensive against the Congress-led Opposition for its allegations on a host of issues like the Rafale fighter jet deal, job crisis and the GST.
“Congress doesn’t’ want our Air Force to be strong, I am levelling a serious allegation here. You want this Rafale deal to be cancelled, on whose behest? For which company?” said PM Modi in his reply to debate on motion of thanks to President’s address in Lok Sabha.
“In our neighbourhood, everyone is building war capabilities, why didn’t we do it in all these years? This is criminal negligence. Congress doesn’t want a strong Indian Air Force,” he added.
In sharp rebuttal to Congress’ allegations of him trying to destroy the institutions, the prime minister said that the former has insulted the Indian Army, questioned the Election Commission and EVMand called the Planning Commission a “bunch of jokers”.
“You say Modi is destroying the institutions, ulta chor chowkidar ko daante. Congress imposed Emergency, Congress disrespected Army, called Army Chief a gunda and they say Modi destroyed it,” he said.
“Congress questions the EC and EVM but Modi is destroying institutions. Congress bullies the judiciary but Modi is destroying institutions. Congress calls Planning Commission a bunch of jokers…but Modi is destroying institutions,” the PM added.
The prime minister also said that the “Congress-mukt Bharat” was not his slogan but a wish of Mahatma Gandhi, which he is trying to fulfil.
“Mahatma Gandhi had back then recommended the dissolution of Congress party. So ‘Congress mukt Bharat’ is not my slogan but I am just fulfilling the wish of Gandhi ji. This will be a tribute to him,” said PM Modi.
He further blamed the erstwhile UPA-I and UPA-II governments for the rise in inflation rate, saying that “inflation and Congress have a strong bond”.
“Two songs became very popular, ‘Baaki kuch bacha to mehengayi maar gayi’ and ‘mehengai dayen khaaye jaat hai’ both these songs were in who’s tenure? First during Indira ji, and second during remote-control govt. Inflation and Congress have a strong bond,” said PM Modi.
In rebuttal to Congress’ attack on the government over loan defaulters like Vijay Mallya and Nirav Modi, PM Modi said: “Few of our Congress friends have outsourced their work. They allowed looters to loot. Fugitives are now crying that they left with Rs 9000 crore but Modi is taking Rs 13000 crore. Fugitives are now scared and are in hiding.”
PM Modi took potshots at attempts to cobble a grand alliance of opposition parties to take on the BJP, saying people do not want a “mahamilavat” (highly adulterated) government as they have seen how the NDA government which has a majority can deliver.
The Congress misused Article 356 to dismiss state governments several times. Indira Gandhi herself dismissed state governments 50 times, PM Modi said.
Hitting out at the Congress, PM Modi said for some BC stands for ‘before Congress’ and AD for ‘after dynasty’.
“You know what is my crime for them? That a person born to a poor family is challenging their sultanate,” he added.
The Prime Minister said in a poll year, leaders have compulsions to make charges but lamented that while slamming Modi and BJP, some people “start attacking India”.
He also took a dig at the recent opposition rally in Kolkata organised by the Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee.
“People do not want a ‘mahamilavat’ (adulterated) government of those who assembled in Kolkata,” he said.
“A government has to work for the people of India, a government has to be sensitive to the people’s aspirations. There is no room for corruption.
“We speak the truth, be it in country or outside, in Parliament or outside but your ability to listen to truth has diminished,” he said, targeting the opposition.
Taking on the Congress over its charge of job crisis under the NDA government, PM Modi said that in the last 4 years, 6.35 lakh new professionals have come up. “You think if a doctor opens a clinic or a nursing home then he will employ only 1 person? Or does a CA only employ 1 person? No,” he said.