New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi criticized the Congress party after the split in the I.N.D.I. Alliance over seat division. PM Modi criticized the highlighting of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s remark on Congress. He mockingly stated that he is praying for the Congress party to win at least 40 seats in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Modi made these remarks during the debate on the motion of thanks for the President’s address in the Rajya Sabha.
On February 2, 2024, Mamata Banerjee challenged the Congress party, stating that Congress cannot secure ‘even 40 seats’ from West Bengal in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. In response, Modi mocked that Congress cannot secure 40 seats throughout the country. He said in a mocking tone that he would pray for the Congress to secure at least 40 seats in the Lok Sabha elections.
Modi added that the Congress party would openly strangle democracy if it comes to power. He further pointed out that Congress dissolved democratically-elected governments overnight. PM also cited incidents of suppressed press freedom during Congress governments.
Modi then accused the Congress party of dividing the country based on caste and language and allowing extremism and separatism to flourish. In a sharp critique, Modi declared in the Rajya Sabha that while the Congress party had ceded significant portions of the country’s land to enemy countries, it was responsible for the backwardness of the North Eastern Region of the country.
He pointed out that the BJP government brought Bharath’s economy from 12th to 5th place in 10 years. “The Congress, which never gave complete reservation to OBCs, never gave reservation to the economically poor of the general category, which did not consider Ambedkar worthy of Bharat Ratna, and kept giving Bharat Ratna only to its family, are now preaching and teaching lessons to the BJP,” Modi said.
He concluded by stating that the Congress does not have guarantees of its leaders and policies but is questioning ‘Modi’s Guarantees’.