PM’s Bihar Package a Political Stunt: Kharge

Says PM could have announced this financial aid to the poll-bound state in the Budget; slams Modi for skipping the Parliament; criticises his foreign visits

Published: 20th August 2015 04:48 AM  |   Last Updated: 20th August 2015 04:49 AM   |  A+A-

BENGALURU: Congress group leader in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge on Wednesday dubbed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s `1.25-lakh-crore financial package to Bihar as a political gimmick.

“It (the package) lacks commitment and sincerity,” the Congress leader told reporters here.

Kharge said if Modi was really committed to developing Bihar he would have made provisions for it in the last Budget. “It shows the PM’s shallow concern for Bihar,” he added.

Coming down heavily on Modi for not attending the recently concluded parliament session despite “sitting in his office,” the former railway minister said, “Modi finds all the time to visit far-off nations like Brazil and Mongolia but not the Parliament.” 

Slamming Modi for being absent from the Lok Sabha when the Opposition moved an adjournment motion to discuss the Lalit Modi issue, Kharge said Modi had no time to attend the proceedings of the House, but had time to visit foreign countries.

Calls Modi a Tourist PM

Describing Modi as ‘a Tourist PM’, Kharge also slammed him for speaking negatively about past governments.

“Parliament is the right forum for the PM to comment on the Opposition parties and not foreign soil,” he said. “It is nothing but belittling the entire 125 crore population of India,” he added.

On Parliament Impasse

Refuting charges made by the BJP that the Congress was responsible for the washout of the monsoon session, Kharge said the BJP had no moral right to point fingers at the Congress.

In the previous Lok Sabha, the BJP members did not allow Parliament to function, he said. “Out of the allotted 1,380 hours for debate on issues of public interest, the saffron party members disrupted the House for over 890 hours.”

The Kalaburagi MP charged that no sincere efforts were made by the ruling BJP side to end the impasse. “How can we remain silent spectators when the BJP ministers, claiming high moral grounds when in the Opposition, were caught hand in glove with the economic offenders of the country?” he asked.

Flays Police Action on FTII Students

Bengaluru: Kharge also condemned the police for arresting and assaulting agitating students on the Film and Television Institute, India (FTII), campus on Wednesday morning. He said that the crackdown on the students, who were on a peaceful agitation, exhibits the frustration of the Centre in putting a man from its cadre, Gajendra Chauhan, as its head. “The incident has exhibited the BJP’s real design to push its saffronised agenda ....,” he said.  


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