Sonia Gandhi hits out at PM Modi, accuses him of serving select few

Sonia accused Modi of running the “most centralised govt in India’s recent history” which she said “is of some people, by one person, for a select few.”

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: May 7, 2015 4:49 am
Sonia Gandhi, narendra modi, congress The Congress President’s remarks come at a time when there is a face off between the Government and the Opposition over referring the key GST bill to the Standing Committee. (Source: Express archive)

Congress President Sonia Gandhi came down heavily on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Lok Sabha on Wednesday for what she called his “blatant U-turn” on the issue of transparency.

Charging him with a systematic attempt to “subvert the RTI Act,” she said the government was deliberately keeping key posts of Chief Information Commissioner (CIC), CVC and Lok Pal vacant. “His government has made sure the offices of the PMO, Cabinet Secretariat… are no longer accountable. … It points to a clear attempt to avoid transparency and subvert the RTI,” she said.

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Sonia had given a notice for moving an adjournment motion. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan did not allow it, but permitted her to raise it after Question Hour. The Congress president rarely speaks in the House.

She said the post of the CIC had been lying vacant for more than eight months “resulting in a virtual stand-still in the functioning of the Central Information Commission established by the UPA through the landmark RTI Act.” The post of three Information Commissioners had been vacant for over a year, resulting in the backlog of 39,000 cases. “Information delayed is information denied,” she said, declaring, “This is simply not acceptable.” She said, “Furthermore, the DOPT, which is under the PMO’s control, transferred the financial powers of the CIC to a       secretary…Such a post has no mention in the original RTI Act…There is no provision in the Act that allows the Government to take over the Commission’s functioning in the absence of a CIC.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was present in the House earlier for some time during Question Hour, was not around when she spoke.

The government fielded Minister of State in the PMO Jitendra Singh to respond to her who argued that a search committee was close to shortlisting candidates for the post of the CVC when the Supreme Court gave a directive on December 17 that the Government seek the leave of the court before proceeding further on the matter.

Earlier, at the Congress parliamentary party meeting, Sonia accused Modi of running the “most centralised government in India’s recent history” which she said “is of some people, by one person, for a select few.”

 

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    Bnm
    May 7, 2015 at 2:29 am
    Mrs hi you did what In ten Years please ask Yourself this question Before you comment on MrMofi
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      Ramesh Pau
      May 7, 2015 at 3:29 am
      You soniaji only served your son in laws interest .we are not fool .we understand your dirty game so please stop talking nonsense
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        Amit
        May 6, 2015 at 9:39 pm
        I am sure she lives in a fools paradise or she is downright shameless.
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          Ananda Murti
          May 6, 2015 at 5:47 pm
          Sonia hi complains that Modi government " aults everything precious that . . . Congress stands for.” What was precious for her is surely not precious for the country. For the past decade and a half everything the Congress party did revolved round her desire to perpetuate her family's hegemony over India through her stranglehold on the Congress party. The real problem with them is they think that India is their patrimony and that Prime Minister-ship and Congress president-ship are their hereditary right. Otherwise why did she make her common place son the V P of her party ignoring seniors and highly competent people? She and her son are not ashamed to blame PM Modi for his foreign trips. Whereas they have been making secret trips to secret destinations with secret purposes, PM Modi has been making State visits to get investments and to restructure foreign policy left in doldrums by her puppet government. She is now throwing the blame for the agrarian problem on the Modi government while in fact that was a problem created and fostered during her misrule for ten years. She presided over the most corrupt government India ever had using a puppet PM. She and her son have very little or no intrinsic worth compared to PM Modi. They are not qualified to comment on PM MOdi
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            anilbaghmar
            May 7, 2015 at 3:51 pm
            Madam if u have shown same concern and interest during past 10 years of UPA rule India would have super power
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              anilbaghmar
              May 7, 2015 at 3:39 pm
              sonia and her family should start their political career in Italy. people here will never forgive their past sin
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                Anup Malhotra
                May 6, 2015 at 5:31 pm
                Sonia hi only showed her hate for PM Modi nothing else. Her son keeps using the term your PM as if he lives in another country . She accuses the present government of arrogance . We have seen the super arrogance of Congress leaders when they were in power and when they are in opposition .Congress as a Government was bad but as an opposition party they are worse . People are watching their conduct and behavior and will punish them in next election really hard .
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                  Arindam Chakrabarty
                  May 6, 2015 at 7:20 pm
                  This charge coming from scion of the single family which ruled India for sixty years can go unchallenged only in wonderland called India where papers like IE make it their single pointed agenda to target BJP and act as henchman of congress.
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