Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a prisoner of his own image and bases his policy making only on TRPs, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said on Friday, stepping up his attack on the government.
He said this while chairing the Congress Parliamentary Party meeting in the absence of his ailing mother Sonia Gandhi. He emerged as the defacto president of his party.
“We never gave India a PM who based his entire policy-making strategy on TRPs. The country has suffered tremendous damage as a result of the vanity and incompetence of our Prime Minister.” Rahul said.
“The Prime Minister often asks what the Congress did in the last 60 years. The people of India know exactly what the Congress has achieved for this country. But I would like to tell the prime minister what the Congress didn’t do in 67 years,” Rahul said.
“We never gave India a Prime Minister who was ready to inflict such tremendous suffering on the people of India to protect his own persona. We never gave India a Prime Minister who bypassed the experience of those sitting in the institutions,” said Congress vice president.
“Today, the same person who used to ridicule us sits silently while Kashmir burns. Narendra Modi will be judged by history as the man who gifted massive political space to anti-India forces by creating an opportunistic political alliance between the BJP and the PDP. He has created the political vacuum that gives the terrorists space to operate,” he added.
As a result, Mr. Rahul Gandhi said, “Our brave soldiers and their families are paying the price. Eighty-five soldiers have been martyred. That is the highest number of men we have lost in almost a decade.”
“Every economist of repute has already condemned it and questioned its capacity to realize the goals it is supposed to achieve. Modiji has created a massive new corrupt black market that is working overtime to convert the black money to white,” he charged.
Gandhi said the PM “confused” India’s entire cash economy with black economy and demonetised 86 per cent of Indian bank notes and decided to experiment with the financial future of 1.3 billion people.
“All cash is not black money and all black money is not cash,” he said, adding that instead of attacking black money, he attacked the very foundations of the country’s economy.
At the meeting, the Congress MPs chalked out strategies for the main opposition, which is going full throttle against the demonetisation policy of the Centre and also seeking to corner the ruling party in both Houses. “Results of catastrophic demonetisation will soon be revealed to world. GDP growth will be devastated,” Rahul said during the meet.