New Delhi | Refuting the claim by the Narendra Modi government that they have increased grants to the states, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi today said while they were giving money from one hand, they were taking it back from the other.
Speaking to reporters after addressing a conclave of Congress chief ministers here, the Congress vice-president said that at the meet, the chief ministers lamented that the Modi government was giving money from one hand and taking it from the other.
”All the CMs universally raised the point that although the Modi government says that they are giving grants to the CMs. But as a matter of fact, while they give money from one hand, they take it back from the other,” Mr Gandhi said when asked about the proceedings at the CMs meet.
”Our CMs have told us that the Modi government is not allocating funds properly,” he said. He described the Modi governments Make in India programme as a ”powerful lion that cannot roar”.
”CM’s ne ‘Make in India’ ki baat ki; kehte bahut accha logo hai, bahut bada sher hai, magar sher ki awaaz sunayi nahi de rahi (Referring to the Make in India programme, the CMs said it is a good logo. Make in India shows a powerful lion but you can’t hear him roar),” he said.
Earlier, addressing the CMs meet, Mr Gandhi accused the BJP-led Central government of reversing the process of empowerment of people in the country.
”I believe that the most powerful asset that our country has is the genius and capability of our people. However, the BJP is reversing the peoples empowerment process and taking away power from the people,” Mr Gandhi said.
Charging the Modi government with.over centralisation of power, he said, ”We must defend our rights based paradigm and defend our efforts towards decentralisation.”
Mr Gandhi called on the Congress CMs to focus on development in their respective states. ”We should showcase that the nine Congress states are the best run states in the country,” Mr Gandhi said.
He said each Congress-ruled state should focus on 2-3 transformational programmes and make them the best in the country.
Congress chief ministers in Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Assam, Mizoram, Manipur, Karnataka, Kerala, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh are attending the meet.
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