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Modi insulting predecessors abroad does not bode well for country: Congress

Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma alleged that PM Modi was using the same phrases and allegations, which he did more than four years ago when he started his campaign to capture power and become the PM.

india Updated: Feb 12, 2018 21:01 IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the Indian community at Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Muscat, Oman on Sunday. (PTI)

The Congress on Monday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of insulting his predecessors and India’s achievements since independence during his visits abroad, saying it does not bode well for the country.

Congress’ senior spokesperson Anand Sharma alleged that Modi was “misusing” state machinery for his personal promotion during his foreign visits and demanded that he and his government come clean on the charge.

Modi should not berate his predecessors, previous governments nor insult the great achievements of the Indian nation and the Indian people before he became the Prime Minister of the Indian Republic, Sharma said.

“His thinking, his mindset is authoritarian. This is undemocratic and it bodes ill for the country. I have said so and I need not repeat that government’s resources have throughout been misused in the past for organising mega event shows,” he said, citing prime minister’s events abroad such as the ones held in Madison Square in New York or the Wembley Stadium in London.

Sharma cited a letter purportedly written by Indian Ambassador to Oman Indra Mani Pandey to Indian businessmen, seeking their support to ensure the success of a mega Indian diaspora event during Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Muscat.

Sharma said that, in the letter, Pandey had asked the businessmen to ensure the presence of Indians employed by them at the event.

“The prime minister true to his characteristic style continues to insult history and India’s achievements since independence. He prefers to live in his make-belief world and in the past,” he said.

Taking a dig at the Congress, Modi, while addressing the Indian diaspora in Oman’s capital had said yesterday that India’s image had suffered due to a long list of scams in the previous regime and his government worked hard to change the “style of misgovernance”.

Sharma said that Modi was using the same phrases and allegations, which he did more than four years ago when he started his campaign to capture power and become the prime minister.

“We condemn what he has said and reject the falsehoods that he has hurled,” he told reporters.

The former minister said after four years of being in power, “Our advice to the Prime Minister is -- learn to live in the present, give an account of the present and think about the future of this country”.

Sharma said that in 2013 and 2014, people of India heard enough from Modi and a substantial section of them were misled into believing that he is going to bring about the golden age of this country, bring about a revolutionary transformation in the economy and job creation while also getting India recognition as a major power of the world.

Sharma said Modi had “failed” when it came to delivering on his promises.

“He stands exposed because of his betrayal of promises, non-deliverance among the people of the country and that is why now he is busy sending a message to the Indian electorate by organising government-sponsored, government-supported events of Indian community,” he said.

Sharma said Modi is giving an impression that he is “so popular” and that all Indians living abroad line up to cheer him.

“This is not a good sign at all,” he said.

The Congress alleged that on Prime Minister Modi’s behest, the Indian envoy in Oman wrote the letter to Indian businesses in Muscat informing them of the government- sponsored event and asking them to bring at least 80 per cent “blue-collared workers”.

“This is unbecoming of the prime minister,” Sharma said.

Sharma said in Parliament the prime minister was reminded to come out of this mind-set and not to forget that India was already recognised as a major nuclear power, space power and a global leader in IT enabled services before the world had even heard of him.

He accused the prime minister of creating a platform through government agencies such as the Indian embassies abroad to bring people to events he addressed.

Sharma claimed that the Indian embassies gave clear directives to Indian companies to bring workers and employees and “insulted” them by saying at least 80 per cent of them should be the blue-collar workers.

First Published: Feb 12, 2018 21:01 IST