Kharge returns Rudy’s number jibe in LS: ‘100 Kauravas could not defeat Pandavas’

Congress told the government it will keep on the pressure to ensure implementation of people-oriented programmes.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Published:June 10, 2014 3:42 pm
Mallikarjun Kharge has cleared the decks for setting up a coach factory in Kolar, Karnataka. (PTI) Kharge commented point by point on the new government’s agenda and highlighted achievements of the previous UPA government over the last ten years. (PTI)

Congress on Tuesday criticised the agenda outlined by President Pranab Mukherjee in his address saying it is repackaging of work done by UPA and asked the Narendra Modi government to implement the promises made without trumpeting and “arrogance”.

Congress, which has been reduced to 44 members in the Lok Sabha, told the government it will keep on the pressure to ensure implementation of people-oriented programmes irrespective of the small number of members it has in the House.

In this context, Leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge invoked Mahabharta and said though Pandavas were few in number as compared to Kauravas, still they could not be defeated.

Amid thumping of desks, including by Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Kharge expressed confidence that the party will bounce back to power and NDA should not think that it will continue to be in power forever. Speaking on the Motion of Thanks to the President’s address, which he supported, Kharge commented point by point on the new government’s agenda and highlighted achievements of the previous UPA government over the last ten years.

“Nothing new has been said…we need to put the record straight. Modi only repackages what is already done…All these things have been repackaged in the name of Modi,” Kharge said in his 45-minute speech which was appreciated by Sonia Gandhi as well as Rahul Gandhi. Kharge said BJP is good at marketing things and emphasised that talks alone would not help in filling the stomach of poor people.

“Prachar achha hai…Agar kisi cheez ka marketing karna hai toh BJP se seekh lo…Sirf marketing and packaging pe nahe chalta (You are good campaigners and one should learn marketing skills from BJP…but you cannot run the country by merely marketing and packaging),” he said.

Asking the government not to have “arrogance” because of its big mandate in the Lok Sabha election, Kharge said it should deliver as “only announcements will not work”.

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  1. A
    Jun 10, 2014 at 3:40 pm
    The war is over, the Pandavas led by Modi, who were in fewer number in the last parliament, won. In comparison to the Kauravas of Mahabharata, the Congress had pretty well dug their own grave by stripping India of economic growth and making her weaker. Mr. Kharge is delusional.
    1. R
      Jun 10, 2014 at 2:48 pm
      Kharge is he for real? Open your eyes Kharge, you have LOST the election and not won it. So if calling yourself Pandavas can help you sleep well at night after losing elections so badly go ahead. Remember when you and your UPA Govt were in power never once did your so called high command nor any of the sepoys like you had ever mentioned anything about Mahabharat or any Indian epics for that matter. Now that your minorityism has cost you the election you want to remember Pandavas??!!!
      1. D
        Jun 10, 2014 at 7:58 pm
        Venkat - you live in a make believe world - or are on the Congress payroll.
        1. V
          Jun 11, 2014 at 12:52 am
          Mr Modi has the majority numbers to push through all that Cong wanted to and that's the key differential.
          1. N
            Jun 10, 2014 at 3:11 pm
            Whom Mr. Kharge is referring to as Pandavas. As they were already defeated they can't be Pandavas. Moreover were Congress ministers any where comparable to Pandavas?. Possibly Mr. Kharge is cracking a joke?.
            1. P
              Jun 10, 2014 at 8:27 pm
              Old wine had ed up the w country with money jacked up all over the world selling old wine.
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                DR SUDHA
                Jun 11, 2014 at 5:57 am
                Amazing you do not find any difference ??? Pandavas were of high character , ethics , morals and righteousness !!!. Is there any remotest comparison ???, And then , pandavas won the battle not lost !.They never took the name of any epic nor any reference about Indian age old values. Now after defeat looks like going back to basics and time retrospect.
                1. P
                  Prathap Valiavalappil V P
                  Jun 11, 2014 at 6:31 am
                  I never expected that Mr. Kharge can perform this much on the first day....Any way keep it up
                  1. R
                    Ravindra Singh Thakur
                    Jun 10, 2014 at 7:59 pm
                    Ustad Kharge ! Who stands defeated at the hand of a poor chai-wala ? It is new political mahabharata in which chai-wala defeats Golden-spoon wala :)
                    1. V
                      Venkat Ramanujam
                      Jun 10, 2014 at 2:31 pm
                      Well said, Mr. Kharge! Entirely true. The new government's agenda for the future marks strong continuity in policy with that of the previous government. It is merely being repackaged in an attractive way, using fancy language. The bottle is new, shiny and y, but the wine is, alas, old.
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