A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused Congress of playing vote bank politics over terrorism, Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge said on Monday that his party had sacrificed two prime ministers in the fight against terrorism.
Kharge questioned whether a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader had fought for the freedom of the country. “We have done the work to fight against terrorists. To keep the peace in the land, we sacrificed our leaders. Indira Gandhi sacrificed her life to keep the country united. Rajiv Gandhi was tortured for the unity of the country. Is there any leader in BJP who has at least fought for the freedom of the country?” Kharge asked.
Speaking at a rally in Kheda in Gujarat on Sunday, the prime minister had said that Congress views terrorism from the prism of the vote bank.” He also said: “Terrorism was not over and the politics of Congress have not changed. “.
“Here (in Congress) we have lost our two famous and globally respected Prime Ministers to strengthen and unite the country. This is an election of the state assembly and not parliament. We are here for you with the issues affecting the state. It is better if he (Modi) talks about the successes and failures of the state,” Kharge said.
On the BJP’s pledge to implement the Uniform Civil Code in Gujarat, Khrage said it was an attempt to divide society and create controversy for votes.
“They (BJP) are provoking Congress and other leaders to speak out and get angry. Their aim is to provoke us and divide society, but we will not fall into their trap,” he said.
Kharge slammed Modi for seeking votes in his name, claiming that he had only contributed to Gujarat’s progress as if there were no leaders for him. Kharge said the prime minister continues to talk about Congress doing nothing for the past 70 years.
“If any party built the country in 70 years, it was Congress,” said Kharge, adding that unlike Modi, he does not take credit for the thousands of crore worth of projects approved when he became minister of the Union was.
Attacking the BJP’s ‘Gujarat development model’, the Congress president said there were five lakh job vacancies in government departments, including those of 28,000 teachers.
“The national debt is rising sharply. When we went out of power, we left a debt of Rs 10,000 crore. Today it has swelled to Rs 3.40 lakh crore, and will further increase to Rs 4.60 lakh crore during the current fiscal year,” said Kharge.
“The so-called “Gujarat model” is about 4 lakh COVID-19 deaths. They changed three prime ministers in six years. If you change three CMs, it means you did nothing here. Otherwise there was no reason to change them change,” Kharge said.
He expressed confidence that Congress would win the elections in Gujarat.
“The BJP has understood that the people of Gujarat are ruling in favor of the Congress. Despite being in power for 27 years, it has become necessary for the BJP to bring in the prime minister, the Union home minister and four to five prime ministers to deliver inflammatory speeches to mislead people.” he claimed.
Two-stage polls will be held in Gujarat on December 1 and 5 and vote counting will take place on December 8.
In the 2017 Assembly polls, Congress had won 77 seats in the 182-member Assembly, narrowing the BJP to 99.
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