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Congress will be finished if Rahul Gandhi is allowed to speak: Naqvi

india Updated: Dec 11, 2016 02:21 IST
Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi speaks during Parivartan Yatra in Bareilly.(PTI Photo)

Taking a dig at Rahul Gandhi for his “earthquake” remark, Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said on Saturday that Congress vice president is right as it will totally destroy the grand old party if he is allowed to speak.

“Rahul Gandhi says that an earthquake will occur if he speaks... he is right ...whatever is left of Congress will be totally finished ....all the partners in this political drama of the Congress will also be damaged beyond repair,” Naqvi said at the BJP’s Parivartan Yatra in Bareilly, referring to opposition parties protest against demonetisation.

Gandhi accused the Centre on Friday of not allowing him to speak in the Parliament on demonetisation. “If they allow me to speak in Parliament, you will see what an earthquake is going to happen,” he said.

Earlier in the day, asserting that black money hoarders are “worried” post demonetisation, Naqvi questioned Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and BSP chief Mayawati as to why they are “feeling troubled” and giving “illogical” statements opposing the move.

“Black money hoarded by some people turned into scrap overnight that’s why such people are worried. But why chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati are worried after demonetisation?,” he said.

“Babua (Akhilesh) and Bua (Mayawati) of Uttar Pradesh are feeling troubled after demonetisation...their illogical opposition to the move has exposed the SP and BSP completely.

Naqvi’s “Babua and Bua” dig at Akhilesh and Mayawati was in reference with the chief minister and his predecessor calling each other as so few days ago while exchanging barbs.

Wondering as to why some people like Mayawati, Mamata Bannerjee, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh and Rahul Gandhi were worried over demonetisation, Naqvi said it should have perturbed the corrupt and dishonest the most.

“But the most worried are the ones who have not allowed the Parliament to function,” the Union minister of state for minority affairs (independent charge) said.

“All sections of the country are supporting Prime Minister Narendra Modi although those having black money are troubled by the fact that they are going bankrupt,” Naqvi said adding that a new era has begun where black money hoarders looked panicked and the poor were happy.

Alluding to the recent feud within the Samajwadi Party, particularly between the CM and his uncle Shivpal Yadav, Naqvi stated that people of Uttar Pradesh are “fed up” with the “chacha and bhatija”.

“The people want change in the government; they have decided to bring back the BJP in the state with a complete majority. Only the BJP can take the state forward on the path of development,” the Union minister said.

Alleging “worst” law and order situation been the norm in Uttar Pradesh during SP and BSP regimes, Naqvi charged the SP with failing to act against land and mining mafia during its past five-year rule.

Naqvi said the Modi government at Centre has been working for the socio-economic-educational empowerment of farmers, Dalits and weaker sections including minorities.

Schemes such as ‘Jan Dhan Yojana’ and ‘Ujjwala Yojana’ have proved to be a “guarantee of progress” for the last person of the society. More than one crore free of cost LPG connections have been given to poor families under the ‘Ujjwala’ scheme, the BJP leader said.

“About 34 lakh gas connections have been given in Uttar Pradesh by the Centre. Also the Modi government has been working on a mission to provide house to all by 2022,” he added.