"Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is not interested in development. He wants the post of Prime Minister with his stained hands," AICC general secretary BK Hariprasad said. (Agencies)
Referring to the 2002 Gujarat riots, Prasad charged Modi with believing in 'vinash (destruction)' than 'vikas (development)'. Addressing the PCC's Chhotanagpur Division Convention here, attended by four ministers of the party, he alleged the BJP had no political agenda as it depended on "divisive" agenda.
"Narendra Modi boasts of development. But I would like to ask him where does Gujarat stand in education and health? Does the state have a good hospital in every district?” he said.
Prasad added that Modi took Nano from West Bengal to his state despite Gujarat having Rs 50,000 debt on each of the state’s people. Lauding AICC president Sonia Gandhi for enabling the Food Security Bill passed in Parliament, the veteran Congress leader said, "There is a fight in the BJP for the post of PM, but not for development or people-friendly programmes."
Turning his focus on Jharkhand politics, Prasad said the JMM/Congress/RJD stitched the alliance to provide ‘good governance, after the BJP derailed Jharkhand from the track of development’.
"Jharkhand has 40 percent of the country's mineral resources yet has maximum poverty. One can't understand the irony. We will work hard to elevate Jharkhand," he said.
Subodh Kant Sahay flays RSS
Addressing the convention, former Union Minister Subodh Kant Sahay said that the BJP's claim that it took its own decisions all through the years had fallen flat after the RSS came in open on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
"The BJP says the party takes its own decisions, and did not allow RSS' any intervention. Now Mohan Bhagawat backing Narendra Modi exposes the party's tall claims," Sahay said.
Sahay alleged that Modi believed in "marketing" himself, and such people did not become prime ministers. "The country believes in unity in diversity, and the need of the hour is to launch Rastriya Ekta Yatra, not any divisive yatras," he added.
"The Congress is a party which believes in sacrifices. AICC president Sonia Gandhi made effort in passing the Food Security Bill after the 100 days guaranteed employment under MG-NREGA to help the poor," he said, adding AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi was already working effortlessly in connecting people.
"Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is not interested in development. He wants the post of Prime Minister with his stained hands," AICC general secretary BK Hariprasad said.