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‘Manmohan is sitting on files’

‘Manmohan is sitting on files’
Getting into election mode after his elevation in BJP, Narendra Modi on Sunday launched a blistering attack on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the downturn in economy, falling rupee and corruption while accusing the Congress of hiding behind a veil of secularism to cover its failures. The Gujarat chief minister lashed out at Congress for failing to deliver on its promise to remove poverty and instead handing ‘out a piece of paper’ containing a law on food security.

Addressing a public rally here  Sunday evening, Modi hit out at the Prime Minister, saying he was following the path of destruction despite being among the best economists. Modi alleged that the present regime was suffering from a ‘policy paralysis’ which was reflecting in its failures on all fronts.
‘Power plants in the country are shut down because there is no supply of coal. PM is sitting on files and there is no decision-making. The country is in the dark,’ he added. Modi said the government’s inaction in bringing back the black money stashed abroad gave rise to the suspicion that it was trying to ‘protect’ some people and their money.

‘When the country became independent, the rupee was almost equivalent to the dollar. Now, the rupee is falling and it looks as if it will reach the finance minister’s age (in terms of value in relation to US dollar),’ he quipped. The rupee has in recent days crossed an all-time-low of over Rs 61 to a dollar. The country, he said, would not be free of problems ‘unless we create a Congress-free India’.
Modi, recently elevated as BJP’s election campaign committee chief, said currencies of neighbouring countries like Pakistan and Bangladesh had not lost value despite the global downturn. ‘This is because those sitting in Delhi are so busy eating and looting that they are not bothered about the rupee,’ he said.

Attacking the government over issuing in a hurry the food security ordinance, touted as a ‘game-changer’ by Congress ahead of next year’s Lok Sabha polls, Modi said, ‘people are not getting two square meals a day. So, they have brought a law, irrespective of whether it is possible or not to give food to poor...to give the people a piece of paper containing a law that they will get food as a matter of right.’

Modi said the Congress-led UPA brought the ordinance instead of waiting for a Parliament session as it did not trust its allies.
‘Why was the ordinance brought in a hurry, instead of the bill? It is because they don’t trust the UPA partners,’ he said in an apparent reference to UPA allies who were not in favour of the measure to be brought in the form of an ordinance.

Some of the UPA allies, including NCP chief Sharad Pawar had openly expressed their reservations about the government adopting the ordinance route and favoured the measure, the brainchild of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, to be implemented only after a thorough discussion in Parliament. Modi said the government’s inaction in bringing back the black money stashed abroad gave rise to the suspicion that it was trying to ‘protect’ some people and their money.
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