Bhubneshwar, May 26: Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Saturday said the Narendra Modi government is only concerned about corporate houses.
Addressing a press conference to mark four years of the BJP-led central government, “Modi is only concerned for the corporate houses. This government is of Whatsapp, Facebook, Amazon and Paytm like companies. It is not for the people of the country”.
“I want to ask them, what have you done for Adivasis and Dalits of Odisha? In fact, you have stopped the welfare programs that were running in Koraput & Kalahandi. Modi ji has only worked to benefit PayTM, Uber, Amazon, Walmart and others”.
Targetting the Centre for not fulfilling any of the election promises, he alleged that it is a government of ‘jumlas’.
“It’s really sad that whatever Modi ji says turns out to be a ‘Jumla’. Did any of you get the promised ‘Rs 15 lakh’ in your bank account? They had said within 100 days we will bring back ‘80 lakh crore black money stashed abroad’. Did it come ?, Sibal asked.
He said the Prime Minister, who is claiming of running a corruption-free government, is sharing the dais with Reddy brothers, who are involved in the multi-crore mining scam.
Describing the Modi government as anti-poor and anti-farmer, the Congress leader said “they have even imposed GST on agriculture sector! This is unprecedented! If you buy a tractor, then GST would be imposed on the tyres. This has never ever happened before”.
While Speaking on Odisha context, Sibal said the BJP government has completely ignored the legitimate issues of the state.
“While the state Assembly unanimously passed a resolution to hike the minimum support price of paddy and the members wanted to meet the Prime Minister, the latter did give time to meet the MLAs,” said the Congress leader.
Sibal asked the farmers not even a single vote should go to PM Modi as he had promised a lot for Odisha, but after four years nothing has been done, adding Modi had said we will provide 50% hike in MSP for farmers. But nothing has been done.
The Congress leader also criticised both the Prime Minister and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for the Mahanadi water dispute with Chhattisgarh government.
“Will Modi give the assurance that construction on Mahanadi river will be stopped? Will he tender an apology to the people of Odisha for the wrong he has done?” asked the Congress leader.
He said Odisha and union governments have failed to create employment opportunities for the people in the state.