In Kollam, the PM spoke about the Congress’ agenda to destroy the country as it cannot come to terms with its loss in the Lok Sabha polls.
“Those who have been defeated and sent home are saying now that we have been destroyed we will destroy you (ruling side) too, whatever happens to the country. We will not let Parliament run,” the PM said in an obvious reference to the Congress’s stalling tactics in the Parliament, especially in the Rajya Sabha.
“They have made a joke of Parliament’s functioning,” he said while addressing a gathering organised by Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam (SNDP), an outfit of the backward ezhava Community.
PM Modi went on to call Congress’ new slogan was to “Disrupt, Destruct and Demolish” the country. Interestingly, this strongly resonates in an inverted manner, what President Pranab Mukerherjee had said about the functioning of the Parliament two days ago. The President, in one of his speeches in Kolkata, had advocated ‘debate, dissent and decision’ in the Parliament for a healthy functioning of a democracy.
Modi recalled President Mukherjee’s speech and said, “Our path is the 3 Ds shown by the President and the 4th D for us is development”. But he used the same speech made by the President to attack the Congress.
“They have eaten the 3 Ds. They like only one D which is destruct–that is disrupt, destruct, demolish. They have only this D. They have forgotten President’s three Ds,” the PM said.
He went on to say that Congress has the habit of quoting the President every now and then on the issues that suit them, but they have conveniently forgotten the President’s speech about the functioning of the Parliament.
The PM also took the opportunity to speak about the new India-Pakistan dialogue process.
“We are engaging Pakistan to try and turn the course of history, bring an end to terrorism, and build peaceful relations,” the PM said at the event in Kollam.
The event where the PM was speaking was earlier marred by a controversy as Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy was asked to stay away from it. At the event, Modi unveiled a statue of former Kerala Chief Minister R Sankar, who was a Congress leader but belonged to the ezhava community.
Assembly elections in Kerala are due early next year and the ezhava community is said to be a crucial vote bank in the upcoming elections.
(With inputs from PTI)