BJP president Rajnath Singh on Tuesday accused the Congress of trying to communalise the debate around Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi — also the BJP’s 2014 campaign face — in order to divert attention from its scams and poor governance. He also hit out at the government for bringing the food security Ordinance after nine years of coming to power.
“Congress is trying to talk about communalism to divert attention from its failures and corruption. They are making it a communalism versus secularism debate,” Singh said.
“The government has created a confrontation between IB and CBI just to harass Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi. IB, CBI and other security agencies should have proper coordination among themselves, only then we can get rid of terrorism. Just because Modi is popular, they want to trouble him.”
Singh added: “When the UPA came to power it said it would get the Food Security Bill passed within 100 days. But they are bringing it as a lollipop now when polls are drawing near. This is a cruel joke on the poor. The Congress has made us bankrupt when once the country used to be rich. Food security is needed for 67% of the population today. Who is responsible for this?”
Though the BJP is likely to support the Bill that will replace the Ordinance in Parliament, Singh made a subtle critique of the idea: “3 % of the GDP will be spent on food security if the Ordinance is approved. 1 % of the GDP can help create employment for 35 lakh youth.”