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Accuses BJP of dismantling schemes put in place by Congress
: All India Congress Committee (AICC) vice president Rahul Gandhi has alleged that the Narendra Modi government functions at a superficial level and deliberately dismantles the various structures put in place by the Congress over the years to extend protection to the poor and weaker sections of society.
Stating that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had captured power at the Centre on a communal agenda of dividing the people, Mr. Gandhi, addressing the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee’s (KPCC) executive body’s special meeting here on Wednesday, saw two different parallel streams in the Modi government’s functioning: one is the focus on development and the other is the more poisonous underground campaign of dividing the people on communal lines. The Bihar elections proved that the BJP could be defeated if all others stood together.
Dig at Modi
“The Prime Minister does not like to go into details. His political functioning is in the form of big events. There are certain amount of hollowness and a lack of understanding,” Mr. Gandhi said pointing out to the different perceptions that Mr. Modi and his Finance Minister had on the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. Mr. Modi felt it was a hollow programme, while the Finance Minister asserted that it had helped growth in rural areas. The BJP Ministers were afraid to tell the Prime Minister that he was wrong, Mr. Gandhi said.
He pointed out to the dilatory tactics of Mr. Modi on the issue of a pact with Nagaland. None of the Chief Ministers, the Union Home Minister and officials were aware of a pact on the complex Naga issue.
Ties with Nepal
In the case of Nepal, Mr. Modi’s first visit to that country was a success, but within months the ties between the two countries were destroyed.
“The Modi government is going from one slogan to another. But nothing is happening,” he said. He lamented that the Modi government was dismantling the structures that the Congress had built over the decades to extend protection to the people by formulating various welfare schemes, whether it was MGNREGS, the Right to Education or Right to Food Acts.
Role of farmer
‘The RSS-BJP did not understand the role of the farmer and the worker in the progress of the state.
Terming Congress Working Committee member A.K. Antony as “the wise leader” of the entire nation, Mr. Gandhi confessed that he had decided to speak on his perceptions about the Central government’s economic policies on the basis of Mr. Antony’s suggestions.
From: The Hindu
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