Launching a scathing attack on Congress president Rahul Gandhi and the opposition alliance of ‘Mahagathbandhan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday appeared in his fiery best, as he took on one after another issues in the Lok Sabha.
He dubbed it as “mahamilawat” (grand adulteration), saying the ones having faith in a healthy democracy will keep themselves distanced from it just like healthy people keep off “Milawat” (food adulteration).
In a veiled attack on Congress President, the Prime Minister described him a “thief” scolding the “watchman” and rebutted his charges on Rafale fighter jet deal, saying the opposition party was bidding for another company, and that is why they want the deal cancelled.
Stating that the people of India have seen the work a government with a full majority can do. They have seen the work of NDA (National Democratic Alliance), Modi said: “And now, they (the opposition) are trying to form a government of ‘mahamilawat’. People do not want a ‘mahamilawat’ government of those who assembled in Kolkata.”
“The way people keep distance from adulterated food, those who believe in healthy democracy will also stay away from them,” he said while replying to a debate in the Lok Sabha on the motion of thanks to President’s address.
The Prime Minister said that “Congress-mukt Bharat” is not his slogan, he is just fulfilling the wish of Mahatma Gandhi, who had recommended the dissolution of Congress.”To pay him tribute on his 150th anniversary, I have to do it. You try as much ‘milawat’ as you can, but you will not be spared,” he said.
He also came down heavily on Rahul Gandhi and his party for targeting his government over the Rafale deal and asserted that his government was strengthening the Air Force with transparency and honesty.
“The Congress made our armed forces weapon-less. They never fulfilled the demand for bullet-proof jackets. They never thought of strengthening our armed forces. I want to say it on the floor of Parliament that the Congress does not want our armed forces to be strong, they do not want our security apparatus to be strong… You want the Rafale deal to be cancelled. For which companies they (Congress) are bidding that they are acting so shamefully?” he said.
On opposition charges of destroying institutions, Modi said it was the Congress which imposed Emergency, insulted Army, called the Army chief a “goonda”, their leaders created stories that the Indian Army is doing a coup, and now they allege that Modi is destroying institutions.
“The Congress questioned the Election Commission, Electronic Voting Machines, bullied the judiciary, called the Planning Commission a bunch of jokers and misused Article 356 around 100 times, but now it’s alleging that Modi is destroying the institutions. ‘Ulta chor chowkidar ko daante’ (the thief is scolding the watchman),” he said.
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Over the arrest of AgustaWestland chopper deal case accused Christian Michel, he also took a jibe at UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi. “This is the reason they are upset…’Razdar’ (those sharing secrets). They have been given letters… I can understand your problem,” he said.
Modi said that in hating him, the opposition has started hating the nation. “That is why their leaders go to London and do press conferences to show India in bad light.”