NEW DELHI: Alleging that there was "heavy influence" of the RSS on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress today said if such people were around him, he would not be able to take his projects forward.
"There is a heavy influence of RSS on you. This is fine for BJP and Pracharaks, but not good for the Prime Minister. There are different medicines for different diseases. RSS has never thought about poor," Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said while speaking on the Motion of Thanks to the President for his address.
"Aapke aaju-baaju me aise log rehenge to apke projects, apki gari kitni door tak chalegi (If such people are around you, then how will you be able to take your projects forward)," he said. Modi was present in the House when Kharge was speaking.
Kharge also accused the government of repackaging most schemes of the erstwhile UPA government and cutting down benefits to farmers and said there was a huge difference between the "policies and intentions" of the NDA government.
Maintaining that Modi had once criticised the national rural employment scheme, Kharge said the entire world had appreciated the flagship schemes of the UPA, including the MGNREGA, the Food Security Act and the Right To Education.
He said the schemes like Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, Swasthya Bima Yojana, Jeevan Jyoti Yojana, Krishi Sinchai Yojana and Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana were all replicas of the UPA government schemes.
Drawing the attention of the House to the recent India- Africa summit held here, the Congress leader said while the global leaders appreciated the role of former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, there was no word of appreciation from Modi.
"The country cannot function if you create an atmosphere of such hatred. History will not change whether you take Nehru's name or not. History will be written in golden letters," Kharge said.
He said the President's speech had failed to focus on issues afflicting women, farmers, the poor, workers, dalits and adivasis and added that there was a need to change the thought process to build a strong and far sighted India.
"Aap duniya ko gumrah karte rahen, ye zyada din chalne wala nahi hai. ... Sarkar ke upar se janta ka bharosa uth jata hai (You cannot mislead the world for too long ... the people's faith in your government will go)," he said.