Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi tore into the BJP-led NDA government’s demonetisation and Kashmir policies on Friday morning in New Delhi, even as he frontally targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi as one who based his entire policy making strategy on TRPs.
He was addressing the Congress Parliamentary Party meeting in Parliament House.
The occasion was noteworthy as this was the first time that Mr. Rahul Gandhi had addressed the CPP, an unspoken acknowledgement that he will soon officially head the party. Party president Sonia Gandhi, who has been ailing, was not present.
Mr. Rahul Gandhi, who spoke after that, said: “The Congress never gave India a Prime Minister who was a prisoner of his own image. We never gave India a Prime Minister who was ready to inflict such tremendous suffering on the people of India to protect his own persona. We never gave India a Prime Minister who based his entire policy making strategy on TRP’s. We never gave India a Prime Minister who bypassed the experience of those sitting in the institutions. The country has suffered tremendous damage as a result of the vanity and incompetence of our PM.”
Stressing that the Congress-led UPA government’s Pakistan policy had resulted in the complete global isolation of Pakistan, and brought peace — and tourists — to Kashmir, he said, “Today the same person who used to ridicule us sits silently while Kashmir burns. Narendra Modi will be judged by history as the man who gifted massive political space to anti-India forces by creating an opportunistic political alliance between the BJP and the PDP. He has created the political vacuum that gives the terrorists space to operate.”
As a result, Mr. Rahul Gandhi said, “Our brave soldiers and their families are paying the price. 85 soldiers have been martyred. That is the highest number of men we have lost in almost a decade.”
The Congress had supported the surgical strikes against Pakistan, he said while pointing out that “policy cannot be based on ad hoc responses to events. The price of not thinking actions through is simply too high. It is high time the government develops a coherent strategy. We were told that the idea… was to stop Pakistan from cross border attacks. There have been 21 major attacks and hundreds of ceasefire violations since the strikes”.