NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday made a scathing attack on the Congress party and said that the 125-year-old party has been seeking the support of non-existent and smaller political parties for its survival. The PM also urged the Grand Old Party to shun arrogance and do some sort of introspection as to why it has been reduced to 44 seats in Lok Sabha.
The PM also referred to the Congress party’s allegations on Rafale fighter jet deal and said, “Opposition indulges in mud-slinging because it finds it easier than debating on issues like development. The more mud you (Congress) sling, the more lotus will bloom.”
Accusing the Congress party of appeasing minorities for vote-bank politics, the PM said, ”The vote-bank politics of Congress has destroyed the nation like termites.”
”Such is the condition of the more than 100 years old party that they are seeking certificates of much smaller parties. Had they done some introspection in the last four years then such a situation would not have arisen,” PM Modi said while addressing party workers in Bhopal.
Referring to Congress party’s effort to stitch a ”grand alliance” of like-minded parties to oust BJP from power in the 2019 polls, the PM said, ”Mahagatbandhan’ (grand alliance) has been formed due to fear of losing elections.”
During his speech, the PM also underlined the importance of grassroot-level workers in BJP and said that it is a matter of pride for the party to be the world’s largest political outfit.
“We are proud of the fact that BJP has a government in 19 states of the country. UPA government never allowed a BJP-led state to function. Congress has only divided the nation. We have to eliminate the politics of vote-bank,” PM Modi said.
While reiterating that the BJP government is committed to its goal of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’, the PM said, ”Our government believes in social justice and will continue to work for the welfare of its people.”
The PM made these remarks while addressing a mega congregation of BJP workers in Bhopal, an event which was organised just ahead of the Assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh.
The ‘Karyakarta Mahakumbh’ (grand assembly of party workers), was held on the occasion of birth anniversary of ‘Hindutva’ icon and Bharatiya Jana Sangh (BJS) co-founder Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya.
”The nation can never forget Mahatma Gandhi, Ram Manohar Lohia and Deendayal Upadhyay. These three personalities have worked for the betterment of the poeple, have led the people to great achievements,” PM Modi said.
The event, organised at Jambooree Maidan in the BHEL locality, was believed to be the “world’s largest congregation of political workers,” which was also addressed by the party chief Amit Shah and other top leaders including Uma Bhaarti and MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
CJI recuses from hearing petition challenging interim CBI chief appointment
New Delhi: Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi has recused himself from hearing a plea challenging M Nageswara Rao’s appointment as interim Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation.
Gogoi has sought transparency in the process of short-listing, selection and appointment of the CBI Director.
CJI Gogoi said he cannot hear plea as he would be part of the committee meeting to select the next CBI director.
.The plea will now be heard on January 24 by another bench.
The high-powered selection committee comprises the prime minister, the leader of the largest opposition party and the CJI or his nominee judge of the apex court.
A bench comprising CJI and Justice Sanjiv Khanna was hearing a PIL filed by NGO Common Cause challenging the appointment of Rao as interim CBI director.
‘Not safe’: Mamata refuses to allow Amit Shah’s chopper to land in Malda, BJP cries foul
KOLKATA: In yet another attempt by Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal to stop Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) President Amit Shah from addressing rally in the state, the state government has denied permission for landing of Shah’s helicopter in Malda district.
The BJP president, who was recently treated for swine flu at AIIMS in New Delhi, is scheduled to address a rally in Malda on January 22. As per BJP’s plan, Shah will reach Kolkata and then take a helicopter from there to reach Malda where he will participate in a public rally with BJP workers from North Bengal.
The Malda district administration has informed the BJP that it is not possible to grant permission to land helicopters at Malda airport this week.
“As per report of the executive engineer, PWD (civil), Malda Division, up-gradation of work at Malda Airport is going on in full swing. A large quantity of fine sand, dust and GSB materials is lying all along the runway and also stacked all around the site,” Additional District Magistrate of Malda said in a letter to BJP.
The letter added that the ongoing construction work has also affected the maintenance of temporary helipad at the airport and it is not possible to grant permission to Shah’s chopper to land at Malda Airport.
Meanwhile, General Secretary of BJP Malda unit had written to Malda DM saying that West Bengal government is using Malda Airport for landing their helicopter every Wednesday and they are refusing permission to Shah’s helicopter.
Centre threatening to impose Prez’s rule in Andhra: Chandrababu
Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Monday alleged that the Centre was threatening to impose President’s Rule in the state but, he said, nobody would be cowed down by such threats.
He claimed Prime Minister Narendra Modi was a “negative leader” under whose leadership the country was regressing. Addressing a teleconference with the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leaders, he attacked the prime minister and the BJP, saying they did nothing special for Andhra.
“They say one Union minister will come to the state every week. What good have they done for the state? On top of it, they are issuing threats that President’s Rule will be imposed in Andhra Pradesh. There is nobody here to be cowed down by their threats,” Naidu said.
Referring to the opposition parties’ rally in Kolkata two days ago, the TDP chief said it marked the beginning of the end of dictatorial rule and gave confidence to the people of the country. “We will hold a similar rally in Amaravati in which leaders of 22 parties will take part,” Naidu added.
The TDP chief lashed out at his Telangana counterpart K Chandrasekhar Rao and YSR Congress president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, saying they were working under Modi’s direction.
The TRS and the YSRC were conspiring to create misgivings among the backward classes so that they are distanced from the TDP, he alleged. He said the backward communities should unitedly thwart such attempts.