New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said the biggest threat to India’s democracy was from “dynastic parties” and alleged that the “thinking of the Congress has been hijacked by Urban Naxals”.
Continuing from where he left in the Lok Sabha on Monday, Modi launched a scathing attack on the Congress while replying to the Motion of Thanks to the President’s address.
“We won’t learn lessons in democracy from those who trampled over democracy in 1975. The biggest threat to our democracy is dynastic parties. When one family gets too prevalent in a political party, political talent suffers,” he said of the Congress leadership. “For some people, history is only about a family,” he said.
“It’s alleged that we are altering the history of India. I would say that Congress thinking looks to have been hijacked by Urban Naxals. This is a worrying issue. “We are just improving their memory. History for some people revolve around one family, what can we do about it?” The Prime Minister alleged that as many as 100 times President’s Rule was imposed by Congress-led central governments to uproot democratically elected state governments.
“The Congress High Command has three ways of functioning. Discredit, de-stabilize and then dismiss. They have worked with these principles. “Who disturbed the Farooq Abdullah government? Who disturbed Chaudhary Devi Lal government? Chaudhary Charan Singh government? Sardar Badal government and more in past six to seven decades?”
The Prime Minister said that Mahatma Gandhi wanted to disband the Congress. “This year is the 60th anniversary of Goa’s liberation. Had similar steps been taken the way Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel made strategies for Junagadh and Hyderabad, Goa wouldn’t have been under foreign rule for so long… Newspapers said that Pundit Nehru was only concerned about his international image. For his vested interest, he ignored Goa and took no steps when people were shot there.” Modi further said that lyricist Majrooh Sultanpuri and Prof Dharampal were both jailed for for criticizing Nehru.
“Singer Kishore Kumar did not bow to Indira Gandhi during Emergency and he was banned from singing on radio. We know how freedom of expression is curbed when people don’t agree to one family,” he said.
The Congress staged a walkout alleging that the Prime Minister spoke against the Congress instead of speaking on the Motion of Thanks to the President’s address.