Modi a 'Tourist Prime Minister', Kharge

Published: 19th August 2015 05:32 PM  |   Last Updated: 19th August 2015 05:32 PM   |  A+A-


Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (PTI/File)


BENGALURU: Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge today dubbed Narendra Modi as "a tourist Prime Minister" attacked him saying he had time to make speeches in foreign countries, but not to attend Parliament.

Noting that Modi had toured 25 countries, Kharge asked him to "visit" Parliament, as he slammed the "one man show" in the BJP-led government at the Centre.

"When adjournment motion under Rule 56 came up, Prime Minister was not present in the House. He was in his office, but did not come; in the same way when major issues were being discussed, he was not there, when opposition parties boycotted, he never called for meeting to find a solution," Kharge told reporters here.

He said the Prime Minister had no time to be present in the House and no time to speak when allegations were being levelled against his Ministers,"... but he visits Australia, America's Madison Square and speaks there. He visits Dubai and addresses a gathering there in a stadium for hours together..."

Kharge also took a dig at Modi for making "election like" speeches without any "weightage" that a speech made by a Prime Minister should have, and criticised him for speaking negatively about past governments.

"He goes there (foreign countries) and makes comments on previous Prime Ministers for not making visit during their

tenure, is it to be spoken?

"....he is a tourist Minister, tourist Prime Minister; in one year and four-and-half months, he has visited 25 countries, which other Prime Minister has done this?" he added.

Asked if he meant that Modi was emerging as a dictator, he said, "you find out- I have given all the characteristics."

"He is not taking his own people into confidence. It may be his party's internal matter, but what concerns us is he visits foreign countries three to four days, he goes to farthest of countries like Canada and Brazil."

"But sits in his office and not attend Parliament proceedings, not just for one or two days - for 20 days. This shows his arrogance," Kharge added.

Terming Modi's announcement of a Rs 1.25 lakh crore package for poll-bound Bihar as "political gimmick", he said "Prime Minister could have done this during budget or supplementary budget...he knows what should be done and said during elections."

Kharge also "condemned" police action against students of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in Pune.

Claiming credit for making Bengaluru the IT capital during S M Krishna's regime, he alleged that BJP had turned "garden city" into "garbage city" and expressed confidence about Congress' victory in Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike elections scheduled for August 22.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp