Congress president Sonia Gandhi launched a scathing attack on the NDA government on Tuesday over its two-year bash and likened Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “a shahenshah (emperor)”.
Terming the event at India Gate last week ‘unethical’, Sonia said, “I have never seen anything of this sort in my entire life”.
“The Prime Minister is a Prime Minister, not a ‘shehenshah’... When there is still poverty in the country, there is drought, farmers are troubled, then setting up a show (government’s two-year anniversary event) like this is not appropriate,” Sonia said in her parliamentary constituency Rae Bareli, where she arrived on Tuesday on a two-day visit.
The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, which completed two years at the centre recently, on Saturday organised a star-studded show at India Gate that saw 21 ministers showcasing its achievements. An array of Bollywood stars and eminent personalities from business and industry also joined them in espousing social causes promoted by the government.
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi too had recently hit out at Modi, saying the government was busy in “celebrating its two years in power” while the farmers of the country were “committing suicide”.
Sonia said Modi’s ministers have given him “this stature [of an emperor]” and are busy celebrating.
The Congress president appeared to be quoting the Prime Minister from his salvo on chief minister Mamata Banerjee while campaigning ahead of the assembly elections in West Bengal.
“As an opposition leader, she used to fight on the streets. But that Mamata didi changed so much that she does not care for anybody. She has become a shahenshah,” Modi had said. “Such a change is not desirable in democracy.”