A Akhter / New Delhi
Accusing the congress party of devoting its energies to “the interests of one family,” while neglecting the interests of the nation, prime minister Narendra Modi today said that India is “still paying for the sins of the Congress.”
He said that the country has been suffering due to the “wrong” policies congress has pursued since independence and that the party has spent time singing paeans to one family instead of focusing on people’s welfare.
“Don’t lecture us on democracy. It was your party chief who tore up an ordinance and threw it in the faces of the media… It was your party chief who did not let young leaders get their points of view,” the Prime Minister said, while replying to a motion of thanks on the President’s address in parliament.
In the speech, which was marked by disruptions by the opposition, the PM charged the Congress party of dividing the country.
Responding to the charge by the Congress that the present government was indulging in a ‘murder of democracy in the country, the PM said that it was wrong for the Congress to claim that it was the Congress leaders like Jawaharlal Nehru brought Democracy to India.
”India did not get Democracy due to Pandit Nehru, as Congress wants us to believe. Please look at our rich history. There are many examples of rich democratic traditions that date back centuries ago.
Democracy is integral to this nation and is in our culture: How can one of the leaders say India got a democracy due to Pandit Nehru and the Congress Party? Is this their reading of India’s history? What arrogance is this,” the PM asked.