PM Modi Blasts Past Government: “Congress Would Have Taken 100 More Years…”

PM Modi Speaks In Last Parliament Session Before General Election
Prime Minister Narendra Modi replies to the Motion of Thanks on the President's Address in the Lok Sabha during the Interim Budget Session of Parliament, in New Delhi on Monday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a scathing attack on the opposition, particularly targeting the Congress, during his response to the Motion of Thanks on President Droupadi Murmu’s speech. Ahead of the upcoming general elections, Modi claimed that the BJP had achieved in 10 years what the Congress would have taken a century to accomplish.

He highlighted the BJP’s achievements, such as constructing four crore houses for the poor, and criticized the Congress for its alleged failure to perform and for obstructing other parties’ progress.

Modi’s speech, punctuated by cheers from his MPs, characterized the Congress as responsible for the current state of the opposition. He mocked the opposition, suggesting they had lost the will to fight and accusing them of rehashing unsuccessful strategies, including Rahul Gandhi’s “mohabbat ki dukaan” slogan. The Prime Minister also criticized Jawaharlal Nehru, accusing him of underestimating India’s potential.

Modi’s criticism of the Congress is noteworthy given its nominal leadership of the INDIA bloc, which aims to unite the opposition against the BJP. However, the INDIA bloc has faced challenges in seat-sharing arrangements, with key members like the Trinamool and the AAP expressing concerns over the Congress’ electoral performance. Additionally, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar recently withdrew from the bloc and realigned with the BJP.

Expressing confidence, Modi mocked the opposition’s perceived lack of strength and enthusiasm to compete in elections. He highlighted the reality presented in the President’s address and criticized the Congress’ internal turmoil, citing instances like Mallikarjun Kharge’s role change and Ghulam Nabi Azad’s departure from the party.

Modi also reacted strongly to an opposition MP’s complaint about minorities not being mentioned in the President’s speech, arguing that women and farmers are also significant segments of society and questioning the perpetual division along minority lines.