NEW DELHI: Congress today hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi claiming that ‘Make in India’ for him meant “cooking stories” against opposition and “baseless” allegations were being levelled against the party to divert people’s attention from “his embarrassing economic failures”.
“From National Herald to AgustaWestland and Ishrat Jahan fake encounter, the BJP has proven itself capable of making baseless accusations, but incapable of substantiating any of their claims,” the party said.
In a strongly worded commentary posted on its website, the AICC said “if indeed there is any proof of wrongdoing, then is the Modi Government so impotent that they cannot prosecute the guilty” and added that “there is a difference between a strong PM who lets his work do the talking, and a PM so busy talking that he forgets his work”.
The attack came as Congress and BJP were engaged in a political slugfest over charges that Robert Vadra may have bought a benami property in London with his mother-in-law and Congress President Sonia Gandhi claiming that everyday false allegations were made as part of a conspiracy of Modi government to make the country “Congress-free”. Vadra’s legal firm has denied the allegations against him.
Congress today alleged that the government wanted to blunt all opposition against its “destruction of civil liberties, attack on students, anti-farmer, anti-Dalit and poor economic policy”, which is taking India towards “uncertain and dark times”.
It said in the case of AgustaWestland, it was “found” that operational changes were made during Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s tenure as PM. “Even Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had to beat a hasty retreat on this issue and said ‘there is no evidence against Congress’,” the party claimed in the commentary titled “For PM Modi, ‘Make in India’ means cooking stories against Opposition ”
Posing the question whether any allegation of Modi Government proved to be true, it said, “Take the National Herald case or the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter or the AgustaWestland – after creating a hullabaloo, the Government quietly changed its stand in all cases”.