New Delhi, In the run up to the general elections and as Priyanka Gandhi Vadra visits his parliamentary constituency Varanasi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday raked up dynastic politics vis-a-vis absence of internal democracy in Congress and urged the voters to “think wisely”.
“Think wisely. From the press to parliament. From soldiers to free speech. Institutional insult is the Congress way. Everyone is wrong, only the Congress is correct. As you go to vote – remember the past and how one family’s desire for power cost the nation so greatly,” Prime Minister wrote in a blog.
“If they could do it then, they can surely do it now,” he sought to caution the voters.
Prime Minister also said the Congress has always seen the defence sector as a “source of income” and thus – he said – the armed forces “never got the respect” from the Congress that they deserved.
“After 1947, every Congress government has seen multiple defence scams. They began with jeeps and then moved to guns, submarines and helicopters. Every middleman is linked to one family,” he said.
Referring to Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit’s attack on Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat, he said: “When a top Congress leader calls the Army Chief a Gunda and is subsequently promoted in the party rank and file, it shows their scant regard for the forces”.
In the same context, he said, “When our forces strike at terrorist elements, Congress leaders accuse the political leadership of doing ‘Khoon Ki Dalali’. When our air warriors strike at terrorists, Congress questions that too”.
Pointing at what he says, the Congress party’s own lack of internal democracy vis-a-vis the sense of entitlement, Prime Minister wrote: “Political parties are vibrant bodies that manifest diverse public opinion. Sadly, Congress does not believe in internal democracy. If a leader dares to dream to head that party, he or she is shunted out of the Congress”.
Mr Modi also writes: “The sense of entitlement can be seen in their conduct towards routine legal processes. At present, their top leadership is on bail vis-a-vis a major scam. When the authorities seek to question them on their dealings, they do not even bother to reply.
“Are they scared of accountability or do they not believe in it?,” wondered Prime Minister.
Mr Modi lashed out at the dynastic politics and said that the ‘biggest casualty’ of the same have been institutions.
“From the press to Parliament. From soldiers to free speech. From the Constitution to the courts.
Nothing is spared,” he tweeted sharing the link of his blog.
“Dynastic parties have never been comfortable with a free and vibrant press. No wonder, the very first Constitutional Amendment brought in by the Congress government sought to curtail free speech.”
“Just a few days ago, the nation watched with horror when a few youngsters were arrested for expressing their true feelings at a programme in Karnataka, where the Congress is sharing power,” he lambasted at the JD(S)-Congress regime.
“But I want to tell the Congress that no amount of intimidation will change the ground realities. Curbing freedom of expression will not change people’s poor impression of the party,” Mr Modi maintained.