Mumbai, July 9 :The Congress’ Maharashtra in charge, Mallikarjun Kharge said Narendra Modi, a “chaiwala” (Tea-seller) was able to become the Prime Minister of the country because the Congress party preserved democracy.
In a befitting response to PM Modi and his ministers, who is hell-bent on accusing previous Congress governments for not doing anything for the country in the past 70 years,Karge said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been asking, at every function, about what the Congress has done for the country in the past 70 years. A chaiwala like him (Modi) could become Prime Minister because we preserved democracy.”
The Congress leader claimed there was an undeclared Emergency in the country for the last four years and the various schemes floated by the BJP government had failed to perform on all fronts.
“There have been consistent attacks on the character of Indira Gandhi, Rajiv and Sonia Gandhi. It is a deliberate attack by the BJP. The Congress is a family and we all are its members,” he said.
“Modi speaks about the Emergency that happened 43 years back, but what about the unproclaimed Emergency in the last four years? Farmers are committing suicide, agricultural schemes are failing, farmers are not getting new loans and trade is on the slow track,” he claimed.
Hitting out further, Kharge said, “On the other hand, the government’s expenditure on advertising is unstoppable. ‘Acche din’ will come into the lives of people once the Modi government is dethroned.”
The senior Congress leader from Karnataka, asked workers to set aside the differences between themselves and unite to fight the elections.
“Come together, fight together. We will definitely win the Parliament polls if the Congress wins in Maharashtra. Victory at the centre depends on Maharashtra,” he told party workers.
Congress is set to hold protests in all six divisions of the state in the last week of August or early September and Rahul Gandhi was likely to participate.
The Maharashtra Congress Committee, meanwhile, launched ‘Project Shakti’ on Sunday which will enable voters to connect with the party and party president.
“Voters have to send a text message with their voter identity number to a dedicated number. This will help the party get information about its booth-wise strengths and weaknesses,” said Gokul Patel, national convener of Project Shakti.