The Congress is considering moving a breach of privilege motion against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for making “several false and misleading” statements in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.
“If legally found admissible, why will action not be taken?” remarked party spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi when asked whether the Congress was contemplating moving the Privileges Committee.
He said PM Modi had “taken liberties with the truth” and had made “several false and misleading” statements in the Upper House while claiming that the Congress-led UPA government had copied programmes of the Vajpayee government.
“Is it fair for the Prime Minister to mislead the House? Has he not been economical with the truth?’ Singhvi asked. “We would have excused if any other leader and not the PM had said this.....He has compared apples with oranges, gold with dirt.”
Singhvi said the idea, concept and schemes of the UPA began before 1998 when the NDA came to power for the first time.
The BJP had talked about a multi-purpose identity card along with a national register of citizens in its 1999 manifesto and repeated it in 2009, he claimed. “But the card, which is now known as Aadhar, became a reality after it was listed in the 2004 Congress manifesto and the first tranche of these cards were handed over in May 2007.”
He also said the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan may have been started by the Vajpapyee government but it was “just a district primary education programme” started during the Congress rule in 1993-94 and added that the Congress later gave constitutional entitlement to the Right to education.