'Statutory Bodies Deprived of Rightful Place by Cong'
Giving a clarion call to the electorate to dethrone the UPA government at the Centre, BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said this was a prerequisite to re-establish the primacy of statutory institutions which have been deprived of their rightful place and made to look like mere appendages.
Taking the political discourse beyond the secular versus communal debate, Modi was at his persuasive and argumentative best by taking the Congress on the development front and the need to make various Constitutional bodies functional and truly independent rather than packing them with cronies. Even the Supreme Court has not been spared, he said and accused the Congress of insulting it.
“Even after 60 years of Independence, the country is facing the most embarrassing situation. Successive Congress governments have done nothing for the poor. Only when the election comes they wake up and chant the ‘poor…poor’mantra,” he said citing the case of the CBI, NHRC, NSCS and Raj Bhavans across the country.
Worse, in his view never before the country’s armed forces have been at loggerheads with the government of the day.
The multitude of problems facing the nation, Modi said were due to the weak UPA government and the inept Prime Minister. While TN fishermen are languishing in Sri Lankan prisons and the fisherfolk of Gujarat are incarcerated in Pakistani jails, those in Delhi are not concerned about it, he charged. According to him, no country in the world is ready to heed the words of the present Central government. And it is more so in the case of the neighbours.
In his view, the Centre should be strong for India to be counted in the regional and international arena. He also charged the UPA with undermining the federal structure of the nation.