Congress takes on PM over his UPA remarks

RSTV Bureau

modi_delhiThe Principal opposition party Congress has strongly reacted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s apparent jibe at the previous Congress-led UPA government on Thursday during his official visit to Canada.

Addressing the gathering of Indian diaspora in Toronto, PM Modi had said “Jinko gandagi karni thi, woh kar ke chaley gaye. Lekin hum safai karenge (Those who had to create the mess, they had done and left. There is a lot of mess. We will clear it up and go,”

And in a tit for tat action, the Congress party on Friday threatened to campaign against Prime Minister Narendra Modi abroad whenever he attacks previous governments of the country on foreign soil.

“He has again broken the tradition of not taking domestic politics abroad and has again
made malicious attacks on previous governments. We cannot tolerate such unbecoming behaviour any longer. Henceforth, if he again does so on foreign soil, a Congress leader or spokesman will be present there and will respond immediately,” party spokesman Anand Sharma told press.

Demanding an apology from the Prime Minister, who without taking any names accused the previous governments of creating a “mess” in the country, the opposition party said PM Modi should realise that he represents the country and not a particular party.

He replied in the negative when asked if it would not precipitate matters between the two sides and said it would help bring “balance”.

“The Prime Minister should apologise. We have honoured the convention so far. The Prime Minister should realise that he goes abroad as the Prime Minister of the country and not as a ‘Pracharak’ of the BJP and RSS,” the spokesperson said.

PM Narendra Modi had also said that he would clean up the “mess” created by others and change the country’s image from one where it is identified with “scams” to that of a “skilled” nation.

Charging that PM Modi had painted a picture which suggested that the country was known only for corruption and scams before he came to office, the Congress deputy leader in the Upper House said the prime minister had “lowered the dignity” of his office.