Hitting back at Congress President Sonia Gandhi for saying most of the promises by Narendra Modi before general elections were ‘hawabaazi’, senior BJP leader and Union Minister Smriti Irani said that most of the promises made have been fulfilled by the Prime Minister.
“While guiding her decimated party, Sonia Gandhi today took the help of Modi’s name to hide the failures of her policies. She said nothing is happening on the ground. It is laughable that those who emptied the country’s treasury are attacking somebody who has been able to bring development on the ground,” Union Minister Smriti Irani said while referring to alleged scams under the UPA rule.
“People who accuse us of hawaa baazi told soldiers that One Rank One Pension is not possible due to financial constraints. It was the PM who turned their hawaa baazi to reality,” said Irani.
Irani said the “hawaa baazi will be when Rahul Gandhi will address farmers on September 20 claiming himself to be the messiah of farmers”.
The minister listed initiatives taken by the Modi government since it came to power last year and added: “We have no objection to Sonia Gandhi targeting Narendra Modi because whenever she does that, the people of India support Modiji.”
“Modiji managed to do in 18 months what the Congress could not in 60 years,” she said.
Asked about reports that Congress was going slow on anointing Rahul Gandhi as its president, she told a press conference that Rahul mattered little for BJP and claimed that she had been able to reduce his victory margin in a big way in Amethi with only 20 days of campaigning.
“Why is Congress not willing to make him its president is a question for it to answer, not BJP,” she said.
The Congress president had on Tuesday attacked Modi, saying he has been “reduced to unedifying flip flops” and most of his poll promises were nothing more than “hawabaazi” (empty talk).
Responding to the attack on the prime minister, Irani said it was Congress which did “hawabaazi” for 40 years on the issue of One-Rank-One-Pension while Modi had fulfilled that promise in 18 months.
The HRD minister also raked up the Amethi land row to counter Sonia Gandhi’s dig at the Modi government over its U-turn on the land ordinance following sustained protests from Congress.
The leaders of Congress who claim to be sympathetic to farmers have “maintained” silence on their vice president “usurping” the land of farmers in his constituency in the name of giving them jobs, charged Irani.
Pitted by BJP against Rahul in the Congress pocket borough of Amethi in the Lok Sabha elections, Irani put up a spirited fight but lost.
Meanwhile, asked about the Pakistan army chief’s comments targeting India, she said India had won every time that the neighbouring country had forced a war on it.