New Delhi | Launching an all out attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress on Thursday dubbed him as Jagadguru (preceptor of the world) of politics of blackmail who is masterminding a conspiracy to implicate its leadership in the AgustaWestland case.
Setting the tone for the debate on the VVIP chopper scam in the Lok Sabha today as also a Congress rally, party spokesman Jairam Ramesh alleged that the sole objective of Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah was to fix Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi in the scam.
Ramesh also claimed that the Prime Minister did have a brushoff meeting with his Italian counterpart in New York last year after which India diluted its position on the Italian Marines issue and invited AgustaWestland to participate in Make In India programme.
Subramanian Swamy represents the politics of blackmail, insinuation and inneundo whose Jagadguru is Modi, he claimed. Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi is expected to lead the party’s offensive in the House.
While there has been no formal word on who would pitch Congress’ case during the debate, talk in the party is that besides Gandhi, chief whip Jyotiraditya Scindia and senior leader M Veerappa Moily would put forth the party’s view.
The Narendra Modi-Amit Shah approach of governance is fake investigation. They have no interest in bringing closure to any case, he said making a strong pitch for a Supreme Court-monitored inquiry into the chopper deal. He said that BSP, JD-U and Left parties along with Congress have demanded such a probe to ensure a doctored inquiry does not take place.
Alleging that the Modi dispensation wanted a doctored inquiry to tell the world that Congress leadership is the beneficiary, he said There is no doubt that the Prime Minister himself is masterminding the conspiracy to implicate the Congress leadership. You cannot run the government by practising politics of vendetta, revenge and intimidation.Governments do not function by looking backwards but forward, Ramesh said.
Taking a dig at the Prime Minister, he said acche din (good days) for him would come only when the Congress leadership has been fixed. Attacking Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, the Congress leader said his reply in the Rajya Sabha to the debate on AgustaWestland issue yesterday was one of the worst examples in parliamentary history as instead of responding to issues raised by the opposition, he read out a catalogue of accusations and charges.