A day after he went after the Opposition in Lok SabhaPrime Minister Narendra Modi launched another blistering attack on the Congress on Tuesday, accusing the party of supporting corruption, casteism, regionalism and dynastic politics.
Replying to the debate on the motion of thanks to the president’s address in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, PM Modi alleged that the Congress was in the grip of “Urban Naxals”,
“The Congress, in a way, is in the grip of urban Naxals. That is why its thought has become negative,” PM Modi alleged.
The Rajya Sabha adopted the motion of thanks, even as the Congress members walked out of the House during PM Modi’s speech.
‘If Congress was not in power…’
PM Modi said if the Congress had not been in power for over 50 years, democracy would have been free of dynasty. “India would have been spared of the blot of Emergency, corruption would not have been institutionalised; the abyss of casteism and regionalism would not have been so deep,” PM Modi said.
“If Congress was not there, Sikhs would not have been massacred, Punjab would not have burnt in the fire of terrorism, Kashmiri Hindus would not have had to leave their state, daughters would have been torched in tandoors and common man would not have had to wait for years to get basic amenities like water, power, toilets and roads,” he added.
PM Modi also claimed that Mahatma Gandhi wanted to dismantle the Congress. “Mahatma Gandhi wanted the dismantling of the Congress because he knew what’s going to happen. Had the Congress not been there as Mahatma Gandhi had wished, what would have happened,” the PM said.
PM Modi invokes Nehru again
Like his speech in the Lok Sabha on Monday, PM Modi invoked the name of former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru to attack the Congress.
PM Modi said that Nehru, “concerned about his global image”, refused to send the Army to help socialist leader Ram Manohar Lohia-led ‘satyagrahis’ working for Goa’s independence.
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“On August 15, 1955, Nehruji said that people should not assume that we will send our Army to Goa. We shall not send our forces. We will resolve the matter via talks. He ridiculed the freedom fighters who went to Goa,” PM Modi said.
The Congress, PM Modi added, delayed Goa’s independence by 15 years until after India attained freedom.
‘Lata Mangeshkar’s family humiliated’
PM Modi also accused the Congress of stifling freedom of expression, saying that the grand old party had sacked the brother of legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar from All India Radio for presenting a poetry on Veer Savarkar
“Lata Mangeshkarji, who left us recently, was originally from Goa. Her brother Hridaynath Mangeshkar was kicked out of All India Radio as he presented a program on Veer Savarkar’s poem on nationalism,” PM Modi said.
PM Modi also claimed that acclaimed poet and lyricist Majrooh Sultanpuri and Professor Dharmapal were imprisoned for over a year for criticizing the policies of Jawaharlal Nehru.
“Legendary singer Kishore Kumar was cast out during the Emergency for not speaking in favor of Indira Gandhi,” said PM Modi.
“Any protest against a particular family can land one in trouble. Sitaram Kesri [former Congress president] is an example of this,” he added.
PM Modi on dynamic politics
Accusing the Congress of following dynastic politics, PM Modi said when a family is supreme in any party, the first casualty is talent.
“For ages, India has suffered because of this mindset. I appeal to all parties to nurture democratic values within and the Congress, as the oldest party, should assume greater responsibility in this regard,” PM Modi said.
Referring to Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge, PM Modi said, “I was surprised when he asked what would have happened had the Congress not been there…This democracy is not courtesy your patronage.”
PM Modi also said that those who throttled India’s democracy in 1975 and dismantled over 50 duly elected state governments, have no right to talk about democracy.
“We are not small minded like the Congress. We don’t see any conflict between national goals and regional aspirations. We believe that the progress of states is the first condition for the progress of the nation,” PM Modi said.
,Congress stalling India’s development
PM Modi said that the Congress did not let India develop when it was in power and when in opposition, the party was “stalling India’s development”.
In a veiled dig at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi over his ‘Union of states’ remark in Lok Sabha, PM Modi said, “If the Congress felt the conceptualisation of the nation was unconstitutional, it should change its name from Indian National Congress to Federation of Congress,