Emergency, defense scams and more: Modi writes about Congress' blunders
Institutional insult is the Congress' way, wrote Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a blog on Wednesday asking voters to "choose wisely". Taking a walk down memory lane, PM Modi wrote about historic blunders of the grand old party and reminded that in 2014 people chose "honesty over dynasty". In response, Congress' Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said PM Modi shouldn't take people for fools. Here's more.
In 2014, voters chose 'Vikas' over vote-bank politics: PM Modi
PM Modi started his blog post by referring to the 2014 election results, in which BJP got 282 seats. He said voters decisively chose "Development over decay, Security over stagnation. Opportunities over obstacles, Vikas over vote-bank politics." And the results were remarkable, he claimed. PM Modi wrote that the world was looking towards India's economy. The "India First" policy paid off, he noted.
"Why was Rajya Sabha not as productive as Lok Sabha?"
PM Modi said Rajya Sabha's performance was 68% in the last five years as opposed to 85% of the Lower House. During the interim budget session, the Upper House witnessed productivity of just 8%, he added. "India should ask- why was the Rajya Sabha not working as productively as the Lok Sabha? Which were the forces disrupting the House and why," he asked.
Congress and free press aren't best friends, claimed PM Modi
He then went on to say that "dynastic parties" have never been comfortable with a free press. Referring to arrests of techies who reportedly raised pro-Modi slogans in Bengaluru and action against a man who tweeted against P Chidambaram's son in 2012, PM Modi wrote that Congress saw the independent press as "vulgar". "No amount of intimidation will change the ground realities," he warned.
Remember that Congress brought in Emergency, wrote PM Modi
PM Modi also reminded of Emergency, which was declared by former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, and said Congress brought in the idea of "committed judiciary", to ensure institutions remained faithful to one family. "If a judicial verdict goes against them, they reject it, then they discredit the judge and thereafter, talk about bringing impeachment motions against the judge," PM Modi's post read.
"Congress questioned CAG because it exposed their corrupt shenanigans"
"Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi called the Planning Commission led by Dr. Manmohan Singh, 'a bunch of jokers'. Remember the UPA years, when the Congress questioned the CAG just because that institution exposed their corrupt shenanigans like 2G, Coal Scam etc," PM Modi wrote.
For Congress, defense sector is source of income: PM Modi
PM Modi went on to say that Congress has always treated the defense sector as a source of income. He added consecutive Congress governments have been accused of corruption in defense deals. "They began with jeeps and then moved to guns, submarines, and helicopters. Every middleman is linked to one family," he wrote and added Congress even questioned the Balakot airstrikes.
Congress' sense of entitlement is well-known, wrote PM Modi
"The sense of entitlement can be seen in their conduct towards routine legal processes. At present, their top leadership is on bail vis-a-vis a major scam. When the authorities seek to question them on their dealings, they do not even bother to reply," he wrote.
PM Modi urged voters to remember the past
Concluding his post, PM Modi said Congress believes only they are right. He asked voters to remember "one family's desire for power cost the nation so greatly." "If they could do it then, they can surely do it now. Eternal vigilance remains the price of liberty," he wrote. He asked voters to remain vigilant and work towards strengthening institutions provided by the makers of the Constitution.