Sonia mounts blistering attack on Modi, accuses him of serving select few
NEW DELHI: Congress President Sonia
Gandhi on Wednesday mounted a blistering attack on Prime Minister Narendra
Modi, accusing him of running a government “of some people, by one person for a
select few” and said he has not much to showcase even as the government
completes one year.
Addressing a meeting of the Congress
Parliamentary Party, Gandhi, who is also CPP Chairperson took repeated digs at
the Modi dispensation over issues like centralisation of power, lack of
substantial growth on the economic front and acting with “obstinate arrogance”
in Parliament and criticism of previous governments by the Prime Minister on
“What do they deserve credit for?
They deserve credit for the most anti-farmer legislative amendments to our Land
Acquisition Bill. They deserve credit for ignoring the severe plight of farmers
throughout the country in a show of callous unconcern that has never been seen
before,” she said.
“They deserve credit for creating the
most centralised government in India’s recent history. Ministers hardly matter.
Even the bureaucrats, who are supposedly empowered, feel paralysed because all
key files are pending in the PMO for decision,” she said.
Gandhi, who is seeking to move an
adjournment motion in the Lok Sabha on the issue of keeping vacant critical
appointments in the government, wondered “what is this government afraid of? She
said those appointments in government structure, which have independent
authority to question the working of the government machinery, were specially
“Friends, the challenge to us is very
clear. We are faced with a government, which assaults everything precious that India
and the Congress stands for…We must take the fight for and expose this
government on its other sins of omission and commission.”
Taking a jibe at Modi, she said the
Prime Minister likes to talk of consensus. “Yet ignoring convention, this
government acts with obstinate arrogance. Such arrogance is also apparent when
forcing its way in Parliament. Out of 51 bills, 43 have not been sent to the
Standing Committee,” she said.
The Congress President’s remarks come
at a time when there is a face-off between the Government and the Opposition
over referring the key GST bill to the Standing Committee.
Citing two examples, she said
recently the government imposed AFSPA in Arunchal Pradesh “without even
informing the Chief Minister” and they were earlier planning to go through the
Bangladesh Land Agreement excluding Assam.