PM blames past “legacy” of slow growth; Cong sees red

RSTV Bureau

Abu Dhabi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes a selfie with Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, during his visit to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Photo – PTI

The principal Opposition party has strongly reacted to Prime Minister Modi’s statement criticising the past governments over the subject of economic performance and business opportunities. On a two day visit to United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Prime Minister referred to the past governments as indecisive and lethargic while addressing business leaders in Masdar city of the UAE.

“I have got some problems in legacy. I cannot take only the good points and leave aside the problems… Some things were stalled due to the indecisiveness and lethargy of the governments (in the last)… It is my priority to kick-start those things,” the PM said while addressing the gathering of business leaders.

Reacting strongly to another criticism of past governments in foreign soil, Congress party termed the statement as “pathetic” and “abominable”.

“It is abominable that PM Modi continues his pathetic lowbrow jibes at opposition party when abroad. A huge embarrassment,” Congress spokesman Sanjay Jha wrote on the micro-blogging site Twitter.

“The Prime Minister should have maintained dignity of the high office he holds. There is no problem if he targets previous governments when he is in the country. But he should have refrained from doing so on foreign soil,” another Congress spokesperson Meem Afzal told the press in New Delhi.

Earlier too, Prime Minster Modi’s comment against the previous governments had snowballed into a major controversy. The opposition, especially the Congress party, had criticised PM Modi for making adverse comments against the governments prior to BJP-led NDA government in foreign soil. The issue even found resonance in the Parliament house with Deputy Leader of Opposition in the Upper House, Anand Sharma accusing the Prime Minister of “denting the image of the country”.

Meanwhile, the Congress party on Monday also took on the Modi government and even the ruling BJP claiming that “vast growth” in trade turnover with UAE from 160 million dollars to 60 billion dollars was mainly due to the efforts by the earlier governments, including those of the Congress-led UPA government.

“India receives 10 billion dollars remittances annually from 26 lakh NRIs in the UAE which invests 15 billion dollars in the Gulf country,” Congress spokesperson Afzal added.

(With inputs from the PTI)