‘Corrupt’ accusing me of destroying institutions: Modi

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 Feb 2019 09:28:36



IN A frontal attack on the Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday alleged that those who imposed Emergency, “bullied” the judiciary and insulted the Army were accusing him of destroying institutions. In a 100-minute speech in Lok Sabha, he launched a stinging attack on the Congress, accusing its successive Governments of indulging in corruption and harbouring the corrupt. The PM also hit back at the Congress over the Rafale issue, which has been repeatedly raised by its chief Rahul Gandhi, as he alleged that the Congress did not want the Indian Air Force to be strong and asked “which companies are they bidding for that they are acting so shamefully”.

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. “Congress imposed Emergency, but they say Modi is destroying institutions. Congress insults Army, calls the Army Chief a ‘goonda’ but they say Modi is destroying institutions,” the PM said in a hard-hitting reply to a debate on motion of thanks to President’s address in Lok Sabha.

The Congress misused Article 356 to dismiss State Governments several times. Indira Gandhi herself dismissed State Governments 50 times, Modi said. The Prime Minister said that in a poll year, leaders have compulsions to make charges but lamented that while slamming Modi and BJP, some people “start attacking India”.

He alleged that the Opposition’s ability to listen to the truth has diminished. The Congress, he said, questioned the Election Commission and Electronic Voting Machines but is accusing him of destroying institutions. “Congress bullies the judiciary but they say Modi is destroying institutions. Congress calls Planning Commission a bunch of jokers... But Modi is destroying institutions,” Modi said. 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. Modi said that the Congress had left the Army handicapped and in such a case it was not in a position to carry out surgical strikes. “Congress does not want our Air Force to become powerful. I am levelling a serious allegation,” Modi said.

Hitting out at the Congress, Modi said for some BC stands for ‘Before Congress’ and AD for ‘After Dynasty’. Asserting that his Government has reined in corruption to a great extent, Modi said those who have looted the nation would continue to be scared of him.  “I assure you, those who  have looted the nation will  continue to be scared of Narendra Modi,” the PM said as he vowed to come down hard on those indulging in corruption and expressed confidence that his Government will return to power in the coming general elections.

Referring to the Commonwealth Games of 2010, the Prime Minister said while the players were working hard to win medals for India, the event was an opportunity for a few in the Congress “to boost personal wealth”. Rejecting allegations of rising unemployment, the Prime Minister said crores of new jobs have been created in formal and unorganised sectors including transport, hotels and infrastructure.