NEW DELHI: A cross-country verbal duel ensued after Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a sharp attack on Friday accused “one family” — meaning Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi — of derailing Parliament and the government’s legislative agenda to avenge their party’s defeat in the 2014 elections, in a public gathering at Moren in Assam.
The Prime Minister was all fire and brimstone as he addressed plantation tea-garden workers in what could easily be an election rally in the State where the outgoing government is of the Congress. “Those who have lost the election (in 2014) and have come down from 400 to 40 have decided not to allow Modi to work. They have decided to create obstacles and difficulties. The conspiracy for the same is going on,” he said, referring clearly to the Congress. “They have now decided to take revenge from people, from the poor workers,” the PM said, asking the voters to out-vote the Congress and give BJP a chance by bringing a government which would listen to New Delhi’s bidding.
Reacting to the frontal attack, Rahul in Delhi retaliated saying the “Prime Minister’s job is to run the government and not make excuses.” Coming out of a Congress State unit chiefs meeting on MGNREGA which he chaired, Rahul showed aggression insisting that it was the NDA government which was slashing funds of programmes meant for the poor, like in the case of the rural job guarantee scheme. “All the Prime Minister has been doing for the last 18 months is to make excuses as to why the economy is not running, why the farmers are not getting their due, why the labourers are not getting what they should get,’’ Rahul said, in a show of anger that did not augur well for the coming Budget session of Parliament.
“India did not choose Narendra Modi to make excuses,” said the Congress vice president.