Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday took a swipe at the Congress over its black-cloth protest against price rise by likening it to “black magic”. He said this cannot end the opposition party’s “bad days” and help it earn the trust of people again.
“On August 5, there was an attempt to spread black magic mentality. Those who think that by wearing black clothes, their period of despair will end are unaware that irrespective of the black magic and their belief in superstition, the public’s trust will never be restored in them,” Modi said on the occasion of World Biofuel Day when he dedicated the second generation (2G) ethanol plant in Panipat, Haryana, to the nation via video conferencing.
He was apparently referring to the Congress leaders who, dressed in black clothes, held a protest against price rise and unemployment last Friday.
On Wednesday, it hit back at Prime Minister Modi over the black magic remark, saying the “jumlajeevi” never talks of the issues faced by the people.
Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh shared a picture of Modi in black clothes and said he was making a pointless issue about black clothes.
“They could not do anything to bring black money, now they are making a pointless issue about black clothes. The country wants the prime minister to talk about their problems, but ‘jumlajeevi’ keeps saying anything,” Ramesh said in a tweet in Hindi.
In an apparent reference to protests against the rising prices of fuel, the PM said, “If there is selfishness in politics, then anyone can come and announce free petrol and diesel. Such steps will take away the rights of our children and prevent the country from becoming self-reliant. Due to such selfish policies, the burden on honest taxpayers of the country will also increase. To deal with the challenges that the country is facing, it needs clear intentions and commitment. It requires extreme hard work, policy and huge investments.”
Further attacking his opponents, Modi said, “People who have a tendency to avoid problems by adopting shortcuts for political selfishness can never solve the problems permanently. Those adopting short cuts may get applause for some time and may gain political advantage, but that does not solve the problem. Adopting a short cut will definitely result in a short circuit. Instead of following short cuts, our government is engaged in permanent solutions to the problems.”