Grand alliance adulterated: PM
New Delhi, February 7
In an aggressive pre-poll pitch today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the Opposition’s “mahagathbandhan” a “maha-milavat”, saying people will reject an “adulterated grand alliance” in favour of a stable majority government.
In his 100-minute reply in Lok Sabha to the debate on the Motion of Thanks on President’s address, the PM launched a fierce attack on the Congress, calling it “dynastic” and said the new voters had a choice between Congress’ 55 years of satta bhog and BJP’s 55 months of seva bhaav.
He defended the Rafale deal, accusing the Congress of trying to weaken the Indian Air Force when India’s enemies were enhancing their combat preparedness.
“I am levelling a grave charge. The Congress doesn’t want the IAF to be strengthened. The Supreme Court has cleared the Rafale deal but the Congress wants to get it scrapped. I want to ask to whose benefit?” quipped the PM as he challenged Congress’ Mallikarjun Kharge’s claim that surgical strikes happened under the UPA too.
“You had emaciated the Army so much they could not take the decision to launch surgical strikes. You didn’t even buy bulletproof jackets for our soldiers,” the PM said as UPA chief Sonia Gandhi chuckled.
Hours after Congress president Rahul Gandhi called him a “coward” and dared him to a debate on national security, the PM tore into the UPA ministers for planting stories of alleged Army coup. “Ulta chor chowkidaar ko daante? The Congress imposed the Emergency but Modi is destroying institutions! Congress ministers destroyed the Army by talking of a coup but Modi is destroying institutions! Congress leaders call Army Chief a goon, attack our globally reputed Election Commission, bring impeachment motion against a former Chief Justice of India, intimidate the judiciary but Modi is destroying institutions!” the combative PM said, defending his government’s record on farm sector, inflation, anti-corruption, anti-black money measures, housing, power, infrastructure and jobs.
In a message to voters, Modi said the Congress-led Opposition’s anxieties were rooted in the fact that a poor man like him had challenged the “sultanate”.
Unfazed in the face of criticism which he acknowledged now bordered on slander, the PM, in evident swipes on Rahul, said, “Looters of the nation will have to live in the fear of Modi. That’s what Modi has been elected for… This fear was missing during Congress governments.”