Don’t underestimate us: Cong to BJP

Pandavas fewer but couldn’t be defeated: Kharge hits back at Rudy jibe

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:June 11, 2014 6:30 am

Responding to the BJP’s combative attitude towards opposition Congress, the leader of the grand old party in Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, on Tuesday asserted that the opposition ranks should not be taken for granted because of their depleted strength.

“You think we are 40 people and you are a strong 300 and so suppress (us). Pandavas may have been very less in number, but they were never intimidated by a hundred Kauravas,” Kharge said. He was the first from the opposition to speak on the motion of thanks on the President’s Speech.

Earlier, moving the motion, BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy tried to corner the Congress and suggested that the grand old party did some introspection. “We never imagined that we will have to welcome a national party as a regional party in this House…What prompted this to happen? Why this mandate?…People have punished you for your misrule of 65 years,” Rudy said, while initiating a debate on the motion of thanks on the President’s address. Kharge responded, “If you can go up from two (BJP tally in 1984 elections) to over 200, we will also go up from 44 to over 400. We have got support of 10.45 crore voters.”

Kharge also took a dig at the President’s Speech sounding like BJP’s election campaign rhetoric saying that “election speeches alone cannot fill empty stomachs” and sought to project that 10 years of Congress-led UPA regime has done a lot for the poor.

Referring to news reports suggesting that Rajasthan government was planning to relax labour laws to help industry, the Congress leader charged that the BJP’s intentions have started spilling out in public and termed the party as pro-Capitalists. “This tendency shows that this government is not in favour of the poor but the rich. You have hatred against programmes meant for the poor,” Kharge charged, and highlighted UPA’s schemes like MGNREGA, Food Security law, and Right to Education. The Congress leader, who hails from Dalit community, said that the President’s speech lacked concerns for the untouchables. He downplayed initiatives announced as “repackaging” of old schemes from the UPA regime and charged that the promises outlined in the speech were not time bound.

Tuesday also saw PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti pitching for making Jammu and Kashmir a model of SAARC cooperation and said that the people of the state face “trust deficit” which has to be removed. “Instead of discussing the Kashmir issue in international fora, it should be discussed on the floor of the House,” she said.

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    Umesh Kumar
    Jun 11, 2014 at 10:46 am
    Good going Mr Goyal. If this govt is not able to solve a power crisis in delhi for so long how does one expect it to solve country's other major problems. Power crisis is not though a minor problem as in this scorching heat for people it has become very difficult to work and rest too. Piyush Goyal is now blaming the previous govt for this. They should look for good governance which they promised.
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    Umesh Kumar
    Jun 11, 2014 at 10:45 am
    The govt is showing signs of internal dissent since it ahs just begun functioning. Too early rather. Ministers tweeting against their own govt decisions! How far will it go in this govt. This is the first one. Many more to come yet.
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    Ali Khalifah
    Jun 11, 2014 at 3:32 am
    I have no doubt that congress will bounce back, but it will take at least 15 years now.
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    Dharam pal
    Jun 11, 2014 at 5:30 pm
    Khadge's speech revealed his limited approach to national issues.Someone rightly said Sonia has chosen MMS No.II., PM has given him the right answer. Mehboob Mufti has however said some wise words. It appears she can be a big help in solving Kashmir issues ,if an inclusive and patient effort is made by the Government. If Kashmir prospers it can be be another pride State of our country. .
  5. G
    Jun 11, 2014 at 9:12 pm
    Goyal has said 10 days. Problems like these are not solved overnight. Repairs to transmission network cannot be made by shouting 'Presto!' How about you wait 10 days and then make your judgement?
  6. K
    Jun 11, 2014 at 2:37 pm
    You had the number of Kaurava's during Rajeev hi time. Now, you are reduced to the number of Pandavas. If you do not change, you will really see 5 MPs of Congress in next election. Ensure that you will play a constructive opposition, Otherwise, next time, Congress leader will really have to weep & say, now, we are really Pandavas in strength.
  7. M
    Jun 12, 2014 at 3:59 am
    It appears that Mahatma hi forgot to suggest a clause in the consution of our motherland that every elected official must enroll in special schools and educate themselves for the job before they take charge of their office and exercise their duties.
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    Om NaMo
    Jun 12, 2014 at 2:10 am
    Trash talk is all that the congress has to offer.
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