By: ENS &PTI
With BJP launching an intense battle to fight the “perception war” that seems to have gone against its government on the first anniversary of the NDA government, its youth leaders on Thursday attacked Congress, especially its vice-president Rahul Gandhi, who, the party leaders feel, has played a key role in creating an “anti-poor” image for the NDA government.
The young leaders who organised a “Samvad” at the party headquarters on Thursday asserted that the Narendra Modi government has succeeded in bringing in a wide range of changes in the past one year. While Union minister Kiren Rijiju attacked Congress for its “misgovernance, mistreatment and neglect” and the rise of insurgency in Northeast, Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha president Anurag Thakur said it was the NDA government that walked the talk on a “look-east policy”.
The youth in the party have been asked to fight attempts to “spread falsehood” against the government Rijjiju chose the opportunity to take a swipe at Rahul over his visits to farmers’ houses. “Many asked why didn’t the PM visit poor people’s homes? The answer is simple. The PM doesn’t need to go to the homes of the poor to understand their problems as he had experienced it, lived through it and overcome it. But Rahul Gandhi has no clue. He goes like a tourist to see the impact of 60 years of his party’s misgovernance,” he said.
Pointing out that the government has tried to channelise the power of the youth in the right direction, Rijiju said: “Some youth have deviated from the mainstream and have taken up arms against the nation because of the Congress-led UPA government’s misgovernance, mistreatment and neglect. I request them to test our government.”
Talking about the NDA government’s achievements in the past one year, he said there has been no allegation of corruption against any of the ministers. “I think this is a big achievement in today’s time, when we are constantly under the prying eyes of modern gadgets and technology,” Rijiju said.
Thakur said, “Congress till now only spoke about ‘look east’ but when Narendra Modi formed his cabinet, he made a young leader like Kiren Rijiju, the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, and implemented ‘Act East’.”
MoS for External Affairs General (retd) V K Singh accused some elements of “spreading falsehood” about the foreign policy. Union Ministers Giriraj Singh and Ananth Kumar also spoke about the achievements of the BJP-led government.