Union Ministers spray fire at Rahul over achche din jibe

Press Trust of India Vijayawada/Gandhinagar | Updated on January 12, 2018 Published on January 12, 2017

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Congress leader had hit out at Modi and said only his party’s rule could herald good days

Three Union Ministers came out in defence of Narendra Modi on Thursday, ridiculing Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi’s outburst against the Prime Minister and his statement that ‘achche din’ would come only when the Congress returned to power in 2019.

I&B Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, in an reference to Rahul’s statement, said some people were speaking of “achche din” only with an intention to “loot again”.

Kalraj Mishra and Smriti Irani said the comments by the Congress Vice-President showed that he was “worried” and “disturbed” about the Prime Minister’s “growing popularity” and was “desperately” looking to save his political legacy.

“Some people have become like fish out of water as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not letting them eat (indulge in corruption). So they started crying that ‘achche din’ will happen only with them. They are talking of ‘achche din’ only to loot again,” Venkaiah remarked, addressing the India Aviation Summit in Vijayawada.

“Earlier, these people used to swim in water and eat everything. They grew large but now that they don’t have the opportunity to eat, they are struggling like fish out of water,” the Union Minister said, referring to corruption.

Later, in a brief chat with reporters, Naidu took strong exception to Congress and Trinamool Congress’ outbursts against the Prime Minister.

“Earlier, Opposition parties used only to criticise but now the Congress is foul mouthing the Prime Minister and comparing him with Hitler and Mussolini.

Irani said the Prime Minister had the people’s backing and this was amply demonstrated by the Congress’ defeat in successive elections.

“It is but natural that after returning from vacation and after introspection, Rahulji is worried about Modi’s popularity growing both in the country and internationally. In such a situation, it is but natural for him to make such low-level remarks on Narendrabhai Modi in his desperate attempt to save his political legacy,” the Textiles Minister said.

Mishra, who is Minister for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises, also targeted Rahul for his comments against Modi over note ban. “Rahul Gandhi does not have anything substantial to talk about. PM has earned accolades from across the world by successfully implementing demonetisation, which was not a small step. It is evident that the Congress leader is disturbed by seeing PM’s rising popularity graph. Congress leaders feel that they are on the verge of extinction,” Mishra told reporters in Ahmedabad.

Published on January 12, 2017
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