Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said on Friday the job of a prime minister was to run the country without making excuses, launching a stinging attack on Narendra Modi hours after the latter slammed the opposition party for repeatedly disrupting Parliament.
“All that the Prime Minister has been doing for the last 18 months is to make excuses as to why the economy is not running, why farmers are not getting their dues, why labourers are not getting what they should get,” Gandhi told reporters after a meeting with the party’s state chiefs.
“The job of a prime minister is to run the country without making excuses.”
The war of words may signal a stormy budget session of Parliament beginning February 23, raising doubts over how much legislative business can be achieved.
Gandhi said his party will not allow the government to act in favour of “three or four crony capitalist friends”, and described the BJP-run central government as “anti-poor and anti-farmer”.
“India did not choose Narendra Modi to make excuses. India chose a leader and the leader should not make excuses. The leader should do the job that he has been elected to do,” he said.
The Congress leader said it is “puzzling that even industrialists are crying before us”.
“Big industralists are coming to us and telling that Modiji maybe running the government for us, but he is not able to do our work,” Gandhi said.
“They spoke about how BJP CMs, Modiji and RSS (BJP’s ideological patron) are disturbing and bypassing programmes like (the rural job scheme) MGNREGA and Forest Rights Act in different states.”