Days after External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid called BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi “impotent”, the Gujarat chief minister on Friday slammed the minister over his comments on Election Commission and Supreme Court, saying he has “lowered the image of the country.”
Addressing a Vijay Sankalp Samavesh rally at the western Orissa town of Sambalpur this afternoon, Modi said he was shocked and wondered which country was Khurshid representing during his speech at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. “Instead of taking pride in the efficiency of the Election Commission, he says the Election Commission is not letting them speak, says only three people are taking decisions. He also damaged the reputation of the Supreme Court in his speech,” said Modi.
The BJP leader said Congress should now be renamed as Institution Neglecting Congress for its attempts in denigrating the image of Constitutional bodies like EC and SC.
In his speech at School of Oriental and African Studies on Wednesday night, Khurshid said the Election Commission’s Model Code of Conduct made it difficult for parties to win elections. Khurshid said the EC’s model code of conduct made it mandatory that the party’s manifesto must be certain that it does not offer the building of roads, because promise of building roads distorts democratic decision-making.
Modi said it was a matter of pride that EC was able to hold free and fair election in a vast country like India and could declare results on a single day whereas US took several days to count its votes. “But instead of praising EC, Khurshid heaps abuse on it. He is doing all this to find excuses for impending electoral defeat of Congress,” Modi said. “All that Congress has done in these years is misuse, abuse and reduce the Constitutional bodies.”
Modi questioned the UPA’s delay in bringing Food Security Act. “Everybody has a stomach, everybody gets hungry. But they remembered after 60 years that they needed a law on food. For 60 years, they did not get to know that the poor are dying of hunger,” he said. Taking digs at unfulfilled electoral promises of Congress, Modi said after hoodwinking people all these years, the party is now reduced to spraying peppers in Parliament. Without naming AAP and other regional parties, Modi said they never talk of inflation, corruption or employment. “Their only agenda is Modi ko roko, Modi ko roko. You have to tell them your vote would be for a developing India,” he said.
Targeting Orissa Chief Minister, Modi said Naveen Patnaik had no time for the people of his state. “Do you have any hope from your chief minister? Is he of any use? Does he have time for you? Then why should I waste my time on him? If someone does not work despite such a huge mandate, we do not need such a specimen in Delhi,” he said.