HYDERABAD: The Telangana unit of the Congress organised the party’s foundation day celebrations on a grand scale at Gandhi Bhavan here on Sunday.
Senior leaders of the party, who took part in the celebrations, took the opportunity to attack the BJP government at the Centre and the TRS government in the state.
Rajya Sabha member V Hanumantha Rao ridiculed Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu’s ‘India Shining’ slogan, saying that the nation could shine only if the Narendra Modi government fulfilled its poll promise of bringing back the black money from foreign banks.
He said Venkaiah Naidu had come up with a similar slogan during the rule of Vajpayee-led NDA government too but it failed to shine in the elections and the party lost the elections.
“Venkaiah Naidu is coming up with the same slogan again. It is only the BJP leaders and activists who are shining,” Hanumantha Rao remarked, adding that India can shine only if the families living below the poverty line and the middle-class people too prospered.
“Modi has promised to bring back black money from foreign banks within 100 days and also said that each youngster will get Rs 15 lakh after the black money comes back to the nation. Where has the promise gone?” he wondered and said Naidu coined the ‘India Shining’ slogan only to please Modi.
Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee president P Laxmaiah said Congress was the only party which can provide a government which can serve all sections of people.
“In the state we are seeing a government which has lost the confidence of the people within a couple days of its rule,” he said referring to TRS government.
Former MP Ponnam Prabhakar, MLA P Sudhakar Reddy and others took part in the meeting.
The Congress leaders also paid homage to former minister and CLP leader late P Janardhan Reddy on his seventh death anniversary.