Modi tears into Cong, likens it to death

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Correspondent let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.

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