The Congress on Saturday alleged that “intolerance, confrontation, and vendetta is part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s DNA” and refuted the claims made by him in an interview. “The Prime Minister’s claim in an interview that he does not believe in politics of vendetta is proven wrong by his track record. Intolerance, confrontation, and vendetta is part of Prime Minister’s DNA and that of his party and the RSS”, party’s senior spokesman Anand Sharma told reporters.
Sharma said the CBI raid in the residences of former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, in a case of alleged irregularities in acquisition of land in Gurgaon, was also part of the “same malice”. Hitting back at the Prime Minister, he claimed that in Gujarat, thousands of hectares of land were “sold for a song” and if land deals are probed, all the BJP chief Ministers would be in the dock.
Besides, he alleged that there is a “Dirty Tricks Department which is active, operate from the PMO. They are targeting Leaders in the Opposition. We have said it in Parliament, we are saying it again”. “They are tapping phones, keeping Opposition Leaders under surveillance, keeping senior Judges, senior Officials of Government of India under surveillance and the phones are tapped. He is running a Presidential form of authoritarian Government with neither the check of Presidential form of Government which are there in those countries which have a Presidential system nor the checks and balances of Cabinet in Parliamentary system”, Sharma insisted.
The Congress leader alleged that the Prime Minister does not take any action against BJP Chief Ministers despite having clear-cut cases, but goes out of the way to “target” opposition leaders and Chief Ministers.
“When Modi was the Chief Minister in Gujarat, a case of trespassing and robbery was made out against opposition leader Arjun Modhwadia. While cases were filed against late Chief Minister Amarsinh Chaudhary, raids were conducted against another former Chief Minister Shankersinh Vaghela,” he said adding that the Enforcement Directorate notice to Associated Journals Ltd which used to bring out National Herald was another such instance.