Union I&B Minister Venkaiah Naidu lashed out at the Opposition and said that their criticism of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government are laughable. Naidu who was attending DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi’s 94th birthday celebrations, also said that the Opposition’s criticism reflects their disconnect with the citizens of the country and their frustration as they are becoming aware of the PM’s soaring popularity with the masses, according to the Indian Express.
The Union Minister also rubbished the opposition’s charge that the current government is authoritarian. He hinted that the Congress was behind the Emergency and pointed out Congress’ slogan of ‘India is Indira and Indira is India’. Naidu lashed out at the Congress saying that the Grand Old Party had denigrated the dignity and authority of the office of the Prime Minister during the UPA regime and accused it of misusing power for personal and family gains.
He refuted the Opposition’s authoritarian government charge by saying that the Modi regime is assertive and not authoritarian. He said the PM’s use of authority is a departure from the forgettable legacy of the Congress.
Drawing a contrast, Naidu said that PM Modi’s decisive and courageous use of authority is evident. He also said that drop in corruption, improvement in governance, India’s growing stature in the world and empowerment of the vulnerable are there for all to see.
In another swipe at the Congress, the Union Minister accused the Congress of practicing non-secular ideas which cleaved communities. He added that for the PM, there is ‘One Idea of India’, which is based on development irrespective of religion, region, caste, creed and colour.