New Delhi, Aug 15: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to the nation on the 72nd Independence Day failed to strike a chord with the Opposition on Wednesday. In fact, the Congress couldn’t find any substance in it and chose to call it shallow. Speaking to ANI, party spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said, “PM Modi’s last speech on Independence Day proved to be shallow. There was no substance. He didn’t speak on corruption in the form of the Rafale deal and Vyapam, Chhattisgarh PDS scam. His speech did not mention the Chinese encroachment in Doklam and other areas or about the atmosphere of hatred created in the nation.” (Also read: PM Presents Report Card, Says Still a Long Way to go)
Surjewala went on to say, “He should have spoken the truth in his last speech. Mann ki baat nahi kar paate, kam se kam desh ke kaam ki baat to kar paate kyunki ab achchhe din to aaye nahi ab is desh ko sacche din ka intezar hai aur wo tab aaenge jab Modi ji desh se jaaenge (If he cannot listen to our hearts, he should at least talk about the nation because ‘achchhe din’ are not coming anytime soon. However, we will see ‘sachche din’ once Modi is out).
Elsewhere, Congress leader Anand Sharma said he found the speech ‘disappointing’. He said, “After three years, it was time for him to give an account of the failures of his government to deliver on the promises, especially the betrayal of the youth, the farmers and the weaker sections.”
“His (Prime Minister Narendra Modi) fight against black money was a sham and remains a sham,” Sharma was reported as saying by IANS. He said the Modi government had “promoted black money hoarding” and promoted “crony capitalism”. Lashing out at the government, Sharma asked, “Why has this government not given an account of how much of the money that has come back to the RBI vaults constitutes black money.”