Modi tears into Cong, likens it to death
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a scathing attack on the Congress on Wednesday, drawing an analogy between the principal opposition party and “mrityu (death)” that remains untouched by criticism.
He also appealed for cooperation in passing key bills in the Rajya Sabha, where the NDA is in a minority. Replying to the debate on the motion of thanks to the President’s address in the upper House, Modi sought to draw a distinction between the Congress and other opposition parties, saying the principal opposition party is blessed like death, which he said is above criticism. “Death is a blessing.... People say someone died of cancer, (people say) he died of old age... The cancer and old age is blamed but not the death,” said the PM.
“When we criticise t he Congress, it is reported as - criti- cism on Opposition, not criticism on Congress. Congress never gets a bad name.” But when the government criticised parties such as the Janata Dal (United) or Bahujan Samaj Party, the media reported it as “JD(U) is under attack or BSP is under attack”, he added.
These remarks were interpreted in political circles as a subtle attempt to drive a wedge between the Congress and other opposition parties.
While the Congress and the Left have stalled crucial legislation such as the Constitution (Amendment) Bill to enable the rollout of the goods and services tax, many other opposition parties have gone along with them without having any ideological or merit-based objections to it.
The JD( U), for instance, is opposing the GST bill despite the fact that Bihar would be a big gainer if the bill gets passed.
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PM Narendra Modi (left), BJP leader LK Advani (centre) and finance minister Arun Jaitley at the parliamentary party meet.