Narendra Modi a political tourist: Congress

Taking Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's mockery of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) as a "suit-boot ki Sarkar" (a government for the well-heeled and an attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his suits), a step further, the Congress alleged on Saturday that the Central government 'suited' the rich and showed the 'boot' to the poor.
Updated on May 23, 2015 07:04 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Shimla

Taking Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's mockery of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) as a "suit-boot ki Sarkar" (a government for the well-heeled and an attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his suits), a step further, the Congress alleged on Saturday that the Central government 'suited' the rich and showed the 'boot' to the poor.

At a press-conference on Saturday, All-India Congress Committee spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi also termed Modi as a 'political tourist'.

"Modi is going abroad and insulting the country on foreign soil by his political rhetoric. He is still in election mode," said Priyanka, adding that the Modi government was benefiting its favorite corporate groups, while framing policies that were hampering the progress of the poor and farmers.

"The Prime Minister is also compromising internal security while attracting investment," she alleged.

She claimed that government had not only cut the defence budget, but also failed to utilise the allocated funds. Drawing a parallel, she said the defence budget estimate for 2013-14 was Rs 2.03 lakh cr of which 99.92% was used. In 2014-15, 87.215% of the budget was used.

"Provocation from Pakistan is all too apparent and Modi has also preferred to remain silent on issues with China," she said, claiming that issues relating ex-servicemen are still pending.
"One rank one pension issue is still pending. In the entire first year of the Modi regime, nothing significant has been done for ex-servicemen," she added.

She also alleged that the Modi government was a 'marketing' government. "During elections, Modi made tall promises, but has failed to deliver and now people are regretting voting such a government to power," she said.

On whether India had elected a wrong prime minister, she said, "Modi government has failed in all sectors," she added.
On defence minister Manohar Parrikar's comment on terrorism that it could be tackled by terrorists, she claimed it was an immature statement. "The defence minister's statement can demoralise the army. All statements should have maturity," she added.

Modi government is benefiting the favorite corporate while policies are hampering the poor and farmers.

Priyanka Chaturvedi, AICC general secretary


Modi is going abroad and insulting the country on foreign soil by his political rhetoric. He is still in election mode and is a political tourist.

Priyanka Chaturvedi, AICC general secretary

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