Rahul Gandhi steps up criticism on demonetisation, Pak policy

RSTV Bureau
Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge and Jyotiraditya Scindia with Rahul Gandhi. Photo - PTI

Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge and Jyotiraditya Scindia with Rahul Gandhi.
Photo – PTI

Congress party vice president Rahul Gandhi once again singled-out Prime Minister Modi as he criticised the policies of BJP-led NDA government. Addressing the Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) meeting in the absence of his mother Sonia Gandhi, he described the Prime Minister as being “a prisoner of his own image” and blamed his policies for “inflicting suffering” on the common man.

His latest round of criticism has come amid opposition’s protest against Modi government’s move to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency note.

“The country has suffered tremendous damage as a result of the vanity and incompetence of our PM,” he said in the scathing criticism of the government.

“The Congress never gave India a Prime Minister who was a prisoner of his own image. We never gave India a Prime Minister who was ready to inflict such tremendous suffering on the people of India to protect his own persona. We never gave India a Prime Minister who based his entire policy making strategy on TRP’s,” Gandhi said.

The Congress vice president has off-late criticised the Prime Minister for not intervening in the Parliament, where both the houses are seeing protest over the issue of demonetisation.

FILE: Rahul Gandhi with senior Congress MPs in Parliament. Photo - PTI

FILE: Rahul Gandhi with senior Congress MPs in Parliament.
Photo – PTI

Addressing his MPs, Gandhi once again reiterated his party’s stand, saying, “Listening to the voices of the people of this country is the only thing that can free him from the clutches of his own image and make him an effective Prime Minister. Yet he consistently refuses to do so.”

Flaying the government’s move as “badly conceived and incompetently implemented”, he said its results will soon be revealed to the entire world.

“Every economist of repute has already condemned it and questioned its capacity to realize the goals it is supposed to achieve. Modiji has created a massive new corrupt black market that is working overtime to convert the black money to white,” he charged.

Attacking the government further, he questioned PM Modi over the policy towards Pakistan.

“Their policy on Pakistan is a complete failure. Why must the people of India suffer long speeches and irresponsible statements while militants supported by Pakistan walk into our army bases and kill our jawans at will?” he said criticising the government.

It is not the Prime Minster or the Defence Minister who is paying the price, but the soldiers and their families, he said, claiming that 85 soldiers have been martyred so far.

The Congress party vice president also took a dig at government’s several other decisions, saying “cash has been snatched from the hands of our women and most disturbingly, people have lost the right to access their own hard earned money. The poor stand in line while the corrupt are been given a free bypass through the new income tax law.”

Condemning the terror attack on Nagrota base, where seven soldiers were killed, he also paid homage and offered condolence to the families of 80 people who died reportedly post the demonetisation.

(With inputs from the PTI)