New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched a scathing attack on the so-called grand alliance while addressing the BJP national council in the capital. Modi said the failed experiment of a ragtag coalition is again being tried in Indian politics in the name of ‘mahagathbandhan’.
“These people are trying to make a ‘majboor sarkar‘ (compelled government). They don’t want a ‘mazboot sarkar’ (strong government) to get formed and their shop to get closed again,” Modi said.
The Prime Minister and man for all seasons for the BJP also attacked the States that have revoked their consent by default for probes by the CBI into wrongdoings that allegedly occurred in the respective States. “Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Chhattisgarh have blocked entry of the CBI. What wrong have they done that they’re feeling scared? Today they don’t accept CBI, tomorrow they won’t accept some other institution. Army, Police, SC, EC, CAG all are wrong, only they are right,” the prime minister said.
Modi added, ”In 2007, a Congress minister said Modi will go to jail within a few months. They had even imprisoned Amit Shah. But we didn’t form a law to stop CBI from entering Gujarat as we had faith in the law. These people are levelling allegations on agencies because they’re scared.”
“It has happened for the first time in the history of the country that a government that came into power with an absolute majority hasn’t been accused of corruption. We can take pride in the fact that there is no taint on us,” the prime minister said.
“Important initiatives have been taken up in last four years for women empowerment. People made fun of ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ for political opposition, but we have come a long way to free society of wrong beliefs that existed for decades,” Modi added.
INC hits back
Hitting back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his remarks that people have to choose between a ‘majboor’ (helpless) or a ‘mazboot‘ (strong) government in the upcoming general elections, the Indian National Congress (INC) Saturday said the fight will be between dictatorship and democracy.
Addressing a press conference at the party office here, senior INC leader Manish Tewari said, “The fight for Lok Sabha polls will be between dictatorship and democracy.”
Tewari made these remarks in response to Modi’s assertion at the BJP’s national convention that the opposition parties are coming together as they want to form a ‘majboor‘ (helpless) government to promote nepotism and corruption, whereas the BJP wants a ‘mazboot‘ (strong) dispensation for all-round development.