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Cong slams Modi govt in LS, accuse it of weakening Constitutional bodies

Friday, February 08, 2019

New Delhi: The Congress yesterday accused the Modi government of weakening constitutional bodies, using probe agencies against rivals and inflating figures to mislead people about its work and claimed it used the President's address to Parliament for political goals.

Participating in the debate in Lok Sabha on the Motion of Thanks to the President's address, Congress' Mallikarjun Kharge launched a sharp attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accusing him of being arrogant, not consulting Cabinet colleagues on key decisions and alleging he cannot see the
good works of past Congress governments because of "hatred".

It is one thing to make a speech and thump the desk to laud it and another to save the country and democracy, he said, referring to Modi, who was present in the House.

Kharge also mocked the government's announcements for farmers in the budget, saying it has done nothing for the agriculture sector so far and was now making promises with an eye on the general election.

Farmers can see through it, he said, claiming the rate of agriculture growth fell to two per cent during the BJP-led NDA government's rule from the four per cent it was under the UPA.

He asked why the government is not waiving farm loans across the country when it can waive off loans of Rs 1.10 lakh crore of corporate groups.

Accusing the government of inflating development figures, he asked if the GDP growth rate was so good as it claims, then why the unemployment rate is "so high" and investment not picking up.

"You came to power by making false promises and have still not stopped lying and misleading people," he charged.

Hitting back at Modi, who often targets past Congress governments for their alleged lack of development work for the country, Kharge cited figures to assert that his party "saved" the nation, fed it and gave it milk and education.

"Give us some credit. But if your body is full of hatred, then you cannot see it," he said.

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