Sonia Gandhi mounted a blistering attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi
A combative Congress President Sonia Gandhi todaymounted 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 foreign soil.
"What do they deserve credit for? They deserve credit for the 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 lying vacant.
"Friends, the challenge to us is very clear. We are faced with a government, which assaults everything precious that India and the Congressstands for...We must take the fight for and expose this government on its other sins of omission and commission."
Attacking the government on its "achche din" slogan, Gandhi asked, "Let me ask, what is the reality of the achche din, the Prime Minister promised? Lower petrol prices? We all know they are because of falling international prices, over which they have no control and for which they deserve no credit."
She charged that behind the "smokescreen" of development, the government is providing 'achche din' only for "crony capitalists".
"Truly the hypocrisy and insensitivity of this government is breathtaking. The Prime Minister announces grandiose schemes to grab the headlines while the Finance Minister (Arun Jaitley) denies adequate funds to them and starves critical programmes that benefit the poor and the weaker sections.
"At the same time, he announces a generous bonanza for the corporate sector: tax cuts amounting to nearly Rs 2,50,000 crore in the next four years," she said.