Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not given to subtleties, especially when taking on his political rivals. But he has now taken his battles to foreign shores, raking up scams and corruption of the previous UPA regime in meetings during official trips abroad, in what is seen as a new trend in Indian politics. And most of this Congress-bashing has come while addressing the diaspora, which has given him a rock star status wherever he has gone.
A look at Modi’s tirades:
On Wednesday, the Prime Minister vowed to clean up the “mess” created by others and change the country’s image from the one of “scams” to that of a skilled nation.
There was no doubt who Modi was referring to as others during a gathering of Indian community which was also attended by Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper.
“Jinko gandagi karni thi, woh gandagi kar ke chaley gaye, par hum safai karenge (Those who had to create a mess, they have done so and left. We will clean it up),” Modi said, without elaborating.
Mod added the march of development has already started over the last 10 months – since the BJP-led government came to power at the Centre -- in a “transparent and corruption-free” environment.
The Prime Minister said while earlier two km length of road was being built per day, now 11 km in constructed in a day.
Just a few days ago in Paris, during an interaction with the Indian community, Modi had targeted the Congress-led UPA government over the coal scam.
He said that while the earlier allocation of coal blocks had raised questions even against the then PM, the same process has now fetched over Rs 2 lakh crore from 20 of them. He also pointed out that earlier coal blocks were allegedly distributed in an arbitrary manner due to which the Supreme Court cancelled the allotments.
In his US tour in September last year, the Prime Minister had taken a swipe at the Congress-led UPA, saying the earlier governments would keep harping on the number of laws they had come out with, but he has made it his mission to get rid of the “maze of useless” legislations.
“Earlier governments would keep harping that we have made this ‘kanoon’ (law) and that ‘kanoon’... I have started a new one -- the old 'kanoon', I have thrown away the 'bekaar' (useless) ones."
“It was like a ‘jaal’ (maze) of ‘kanoon’, if one gets in, then they can’t get out. I have set up a committee to examine them. If every day, I can end one law, then it will be an achievement,” he said.