BJP, SAD lambaste Cong, Left
In a calibrated pincer attack, the BJP and its ally the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) targeted their two key opponents — the Congress and the Left front — in the poll-bound States of Kerala and Punjab by accusing them of indulging in political atrocities and corruption.
Initiating the discussion in the Lok Sabha on the Motion of Thanks to the President for his address, speakers from the BJP and the SAD also asserted that India has ushered in a new era of prosperity and progress after Narendra Modi ascended to power at the Centre in 2014.
Opening the debate in the House, BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi went hammer and tongs against the Left parties and accused them of committing “Taliban fashion of executions”, “atrocities on campus” and “white-washing their brutalities through repressive policies”.
The BJP leader went on with her charges as the Left parties protested vociferously in the House.
“When we were children, we saw some witch or some demon in the fairy tales. Likewise, there are witches in every growth story,” she said in an apparent reference to the Left parties.
The BJP offensive against the Left also came in the backdrop of the CPI(M)’s strong backing to the JNU students.
Targeting the Congress, Lekhi claimed India was known for corruption till the Government under Narendra Modi came to power. Noting that the “biggest drawback” that led to corruption was the problem with the banking system, she said there have been improvements in that sector since the NDA came to power.
Japan has given $12 billion worth package for infrastructure development activities, including for the bullet train project, Lekhi said.
“With 7 per cent GDP growth, India is emerging as a leader in the global economic sphere despite adverse international conditions,” she said.
Highlighting various initiatives taken by the Government, including ‘Make in India’, Lekhi said very few countries are poised like India to take the economic leap.
India’s economy is $2 trillion and $8 trillion on PPP (Purchasing Power Parity) basis, she said, adding that through ‘Make in India’, the Prime Minister wants to make the country a global manufacturing hub.
In a spirited defence of the Government and equally high decibel attack on the Congress (though without naming it), Union Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur accused the Opposition party of “looting” the country. She was effusive in her praise for PM Modi and his leadership.
Seconding the motion, the Food Processing Minister and SAD leader said the country has made progress leaps and bounds under the leadership of Modi with “minimum talk and maximum work” despite creation of all the “road blocks and disruptions”.
Coming down heavily on the Congres, the SAD leader said of the last six Parliament Sessions, three Sessions have been a washout due to the “disruptive politics”.
“How can you (the Congress) allow passage of the GST as this will earn praise for the Prime Minister. How can they digest it? By discussing intolerance, the country does not progress.”
“Over the last 20 months, the economy has been a bright spot despite the gloomy global scenario... He (Modi) has created hope,” she said, adding, “We have done so much that you cannot match up to it. You keep thinking on how to fail Modiji, but by doing so it is not failing the nation?”
Kaur, whose party is a BJP ally, said the country has seen over 39 per cent rise in the FDI over the last 20 months and its ranking has improved by 16 points in the Global Competitive Index report by the World Economic Forum. Over 8,000 kms of road has been constructed in last 20 months, a rise of 125 per cent.
This apart, the SAD leader said due to the “transparency” initiatives taken by the Government, the exchequer earned Rs3.3 lakh crore and Rs1.10 lakh crore. The debate will continue on Thursday.
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