Reviews | How Prime Minister Modi took Congress to task in Parliament

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Reviews | How Prime Minister Modi took Congress to task in Parliament

In his scathing and unrestrained attacks on the Congress Party in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha on Monday and Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused the Grand Old Party of sowing the seeds of separatism and perpetuating dynastic politics. “If there had been no Congress, the massacre of Sikhs, the exodus of Pandits from Kashmir, the proclamation of the state of emergency would not have taken place,” he told the Upper House.

Modi recalled how Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister T. Anjaiah was sacked when the Prime Minister’s son did not like his airport reception arrangements. He also recalled how Chief Minister of Karnataka Veerendra Patil was sacked while suffering from illness. The Prime Minister lashed out at the Gandhi family and said, “Some people seem to believe that India was born in 1947. They believe that one family can rule this country. Henceforth, the dynastic policy is followed by several political parties. I would call on all parties to allow party democracy and refrain from dynastic politics.

In Lok Sabha, Modi accused the Grand Old Party of following Britain’s ‘divide and rule’ policy and said, ‘he has now become the leader of the tukde-tukde gang’. He accused the party of sowing the seeds of separatism by insisting on the theme that “India is a union of states not a nation”. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had in his speech alleged that southern states like Tamil Nadu and Kerala were being ignored by the Centre.

Modi said: “I salute the thousands of people from Tamil Nadu who took to the streets to pay their last respects to the Chief of the Defense Staff, General Bipin Rawat, when his remains were taken to the ‘airport. People chanted slogans like “Veer Vanakkam” (Welcome, warrior). It’s my country, but Congress hates this stuff. The mentality of division (vibhaajankari mansikta) entered their DNA. The British are gone, but their “divide and conquer” mentality has entered into the character of the Congress. Today, Congress has become the leader of the “tukde-tukde” gang.

The Prime Minister objected to Rahul Gandhi questioning India’s status as a nation. Rahul Gandhi had claimed that nowhere in the Constitution was India described as a nation, it was described as a union of states. Modi in Rajya Sabha read experts from Dr BR Ambedkar’s speech to say that India may have been divided into states for administrative purposes but in reality India is one country. At Lok Sabha, Modi referenced Vishnu Puran and Jawaharlal Nehru’s book “Discovery of India” to point out that the idea of ​​India as a nation had existed for centuries, long before our Constitution was written. In Rajya Sabha, Modi asked why the Congress is called ‘Indian National Congress’. “If India is not a nation, let Congress drop the word ‘national’ and rename itself Congress Federation,” he said.

In Lok Sabha, Modi said, “Whatever the (Congress) game plan, many have come and gone. There have been many attempts to divide this nation, but our nation is immortal and perpetual. No one can break our nation. Those who tried it must have lost. This country was one, was great, this country is one, is great, and this country will remain one and will remain great,” Modi said.

The prime minister said it appears Congress has decided not to return to power for the next 100 years. He recalled how Congress has lost many states over the past 15 to 30 years after electoral beatings. “In Nagaland, voters last voted for Congress in 1998, and now 24 years have passed. Voters in Odisha last voted for Congress in 1995, and 27 years have passed. You won a majority in Goa in 1994, and for 28 years the voters of Goa have not accepted you. The last congress won in Tripura dates back to 1988, 34 years have passed. The last time voters in UP, Bihar and Gujarat elected you to power was in 1985, since then 37 years have passed. The people of Bengal last elected you to power in 1972, more than 50 years have passed. Tamil Nadu voters last elected the ruling Congress in 1962, sixty years have passed. Your party takes credit for creating Telangana, but the people did not accept you. Jharkhand was created 20 years ago, but the voters did not accept you. You came to power through the back door. The issue is not election results. The problem is your intentions, your ‘nekdili’ (common sense). You should find out why people in the states have been rejecting you for decades and not allowing your party to come to power. If we lose an election, we think about it for months. But in your case, your ego gets in the way, and your party ecosystem doesn’t allow you to do without your ego.

Modi denounced Congress and opposition leaders for exposing the contractors. It was Rahul Gandhi who referred to two major industrialists, without naming them, as the “AA variant”. Modi said: “on the one hand our young entrepreneurs are now in the Top 3 across the world, and their unicorns are causing a stir, and on the other hand there is a tendency to denigrate our entrepreneurs and job creators . They feel good about striking fear into the hearts of entrepreneurs. There are people sitting in Congress who describe our entrepreneurs as variants of the coronavirus. What are you doing? You are hurting the Congress party.”

The Prime Minister also alleged that “it was Congress that, instead of calling on people to stay at home, pushed the poor living in Mumbai to go to the stations and take the trains back to their countries from origin. They even bought them tickets. Similarly, in Delhi, the ruling party brought out jeeps, fitted with microphones, calling on the poor to pack up their belongings and leave for UP and Bihar. They even provided buses and dropped them off at the UP border.

Prime Minister Modi’s speeches in both houses of parliament remind us of his former image when he used to tear his rivals to pieces, placing facts and figures, peppered with scathing remarks. He quoted Jawaharlal Nehru several times in his speech. Modi wanted to convey this message that Congress indulges in blind opposition to everything the Prime Minister does.

Referring to how Congress leaders behaved during the Covid pandemic, Modi described how despite strong opposition to lockdowns and vaccines, the nation came out with flying colors tackling the pandemic. “We didn’t let anyone starve. We didn’t let our supply chains break. Today, 80% of Indians have taken their two doses of the vaccine. We focused on MSMEs and agriculture, and we did not let our farmers lose out during the pandemic,” Modi said. Congress has yet to learn from its past and present mistakes.

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