Narendra Modi attacks Manmohan Singh, Rahul Gandhi over Indian rupee, poverty

Written by PTI | Ambikapur, Chhattisgarh | Updated: Sep 8 2013, 01:44am hrs
Launching a frontal attack on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the state of the economy, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said though Singh is a "Doctor of finance", the Indian rupee is in hospital.

Addressing a rally here, Narendra Modi indirectly hit out at Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi saying his comment that poverty is a state of mind was "like pouring acid on the misery of the people" and also criticised the government for its handling of Telangana issue.

"There is a Singh in Delhi and there is a Singh in Chhattisgarh. In Delhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is completing ten years and Raman Singh in Chhattisgarh. Both are doctors. Raman Singh is a physician while Manmohan Singh has a doctorate in finance," Narendra Modi said.

"During the ten years of his rule, Dr Raman Singh had infused a new life in the people of Chhattisgarh. But the Doctor in Delhi, who is Doctor of finance, the Rupee is in hospital hanging between life and death," he said.

Referring to the government's handling of Telangana issue, he said that during the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA rule Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Uttarakhand were created by dividing Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh and sweets were distributed by the people of all these states.

"The way Telangana was formed, Congress has set the entire Andhra Pradesh on fire," Narendra Modi alleged.

"It is an example of the functioning of Congress that when Telangana was formed, curfew had to be imposed", he added.

Without naming Rahul Gandhi, Narendra Modi referred to his statement that poverty is just a state of mind and said this was "like pouring acid on the misery of the poor".

Referring to Rahul Gandhi, Narendra Modi said a leader, on whom Congress is banking for the future, has said poverty is nothing but a state of mind. In an apparent reference to Indira Gandhi, Modi said 'garibi hatao' (remove poverty) was the slogan of the grandmother of this leader.

Modi also targeted the Centre saying that when the poor are suffering, the Planning Commission headed by Prime Minister has said Rs 32 in cities and Rs 27 in villages is enough to live.

Narendra Modi said he is pained that people in important positions in Delhi are unaware of conditions in which the poor live.

He claimed BJP-ruled states performed better in implementing schemes meant to alleviate poverty.

Narendra Modi also raised the issue of missing files related coal block allocations to attack the Centre and said the Supreme Court has asked about the missing files and Parliament expressed concern.

Narendra Modi said people are wondering has the government of the country has gone missing.

Modi accused Congress of being arrogant and charged it treated common citizens only as votebanks. Seeking votes for his party in Chhattisgarh assembly elections due later this year, Modi said the next five years are very important for the thirteen-year-old state as it could move towards a path of growth.

Narendra Modi said Raman Singh had chosen to develop the state by involving its people and resources rather than spending time in Delhi. He said Chhattisgarh's scheme for providing food to the poor had been praised by the Supreme Court which had asked the central government to emulate it.