Congress leader Narayan Rane said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reference to Balochistan in his Independence Day speech has “spoilt” India’s image and the PM should have instead assured the safety of Dalits.
Rane claimed that Modi’s “indifferent attitude” towards atrocities against the Dalits and the minority community, shows that he does not want to take their responsibility.
“In the last 70 years, no PM has ever spoken about international issues in the Independence Day address. Experts are saying that his statements weren’t right and can get India in trouble in future. He has spoilt the image of our nation internationally by openly conceding that India is involved in Balochistan,” he said.
The former Maharashtra Chief Minister also said during his speech, Modi kept giving credit to himself, rather than mentioning the work done by his ministers.
“On the eve of Independence Day, the President very clearly spoke against atrocities on Dalits and minority community. But Modi ji did not speak a word on it, he did not assure them security. This shows that he is not ready to take their responsibility,” he said.
On the functioning of the BJP-led government in Maharashtra, the Congress MLC said none of the ministers have qualities to head their departments.
“There is rampant corruption. No substantial work is being done, new announcements are being made without fulfilling old commitments, and the real estate industry in Mumbai has slumped. This cannot be called a government,” he said.
Rane said the state is taking new loans for development projects and thereby increasing the load on the already over burdened exchequer.