Modi prisoner of his own image, practising TRP politics : Rahul
Addressing MPs at the Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) meeting in the absence of his mother Sonia Gandhi, who is indisposed, Rahul described the Prime Minister as being "a prisoner of his own image" and one who is inflicting "tremendous suffering" on the people of India to protect his own persona.
With the opposition attacking the Prime Minister for not hearing them out in Parliament over demonetisation, the Congress Vice President said if Modi listened to the views of democratically elected members it could potentially prevent him from making the "catastrophic" policy mistakes he is currently making.
"We never gave India a Prime Minister who bypassed the experience of those sitting in the institutions. The country has suffered tremendous damage as a result of the vanity and incompetence of our PM," he charged.
"The Congress never gave India a Prime Minister who was a prisoner of his own image. We never gave India a Prime Minister who was ready to inflict such tremendous suffering on the people of India to protect his own persona. We never gave India a Prime Minister who based his entire policy making strategy on TRP's.
"Listening to the voices of the people of this country is the only thing that can free him from the clutches of his own image and make him an effective Prime Minister. Yet he consistently refuses to do so," he said.
India suffering due to incompetent PM: Rahul
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Friday took on Prime Minister Narendra Modi calling him "incompetent".
"The country has suffered tremendous damage as a result of the vanity and incompetence of our PM," Gandhi said while addressing Congress parliamentary party meeting here.
He said that Congress never gave India a Prime Minister who was a prisoner of his own image and criticised Modi's Kashmir policies.
"By the time Congress left government in 2014 -- 50 plane loads of tourists were landing in Srinagar airport every day," he said.
Rahul Gandhi added that his party stands with the soldiers and victims of terrorism.
"I would like to honour the soldiers, officers and civilians who have lost their lives to terrorists over this year... We gave the government our full support during the surgical strikes.
"We will always support any action that helps India defeat terrorism. But policy cannot be based on ad hoc responses to events. The price of not thinking actions through is simply too high," he said.
He criticised demonetisation and offered his condolence to the 80 odd people who have lost their lives after high value currency was banned on November 8.
He also slammed the government for passing important legislation on voice votes.
"It is a reflection of the BJP's mindset that they choose to pass the 'Amendments to Income Tax' bill in the din without allowing for a discussion. It is an insult to the institution," he said.
Both houses have been subjected to repeated disruptions everyday since the winter session of the Parliament started in November.