Narendra Modi’s barbs at the UPA government in the last one year and his poll-time rhetoric have become the core of the Congress’ ammunition to take him on. The party on Monday hurled back at Prime Minister Modi some of his statements attacking the UPA in the context of price rise and Chinese incursion into Indian territory in Ladakh.
Referring to Modi’s oft-repeated 56-inch chest remark to pitch himself as a strong and decisive leader, the Congress said has his chest shrunk to 5.6 inch now since there is no response, leave aside strong, from him either on Chinese incursions or the Chinese government’s map showing Arunachal Pradesh as part of its territory. “India is now looking for the “chhappan inch chhati waale bhaiya” who used to say that problem is not at the border, but with the people sitting in Delhi,” Congress general secretary Shakeel Ahmed said. “At least the PM should respond on Twitter if not elsewhere to these serious development. Or has his chest shrunk to 5.6 inches?” he asked.
On prices of food items shooting up, Ahmed said: “It is not good for a government which is failing in its responsibility. The time for rhetoric is over and government should work and bring relief to the people.”
Referring to the PM’s silence on rape charges faced by his minister Nihal Chand Meghwal, Ahmed said Modi at one time used to use words like “maun (silence) and “mauni (someone who is silent) for remaining silent on key issues. “Now, he has become a mauni. It shows the difference between his words and deeds,” he added.