New Delhi : Within 24 hours of its spokesperson Shashi Tharoor handing out a good conduct certificate to prime minister Narendra Modi and referring to him as Modi 2.0, the Congress party has distanced itself from that assessment.
“The BJP came to power riding on the slogan ‘bahut hua mahilaon par atyachar abki bar modi sarkar — and in the last 10-12 days nothing has changed. So what Tharoor has said is his personal opinion and as a party it is too early to comment on the working of the government. If they don’t do anything wrong, the Congress will not unnecessarily point fingers at them,” said party spokesperson Shobha Oza.
Tharoor had on Wednesday said that as Prime Minister Modi has concentrated on development issues and had sent out all the positive messages, far away from the divisive agenda that is associated with his image as the Gujarat chief minister.
To this Oza said that it is not just preaching, but the practice that matters and the Congress is waiting for Modi to put into practice the various statements that he has made during the campaign. “The Congress is waiting for him to prove whatever he has said,” she added.
A rather combative Oza actually took the BJP leadership to task on the issue of atrocities against women, hitting out at the Madhya Pradesh home minister Babulal Gaur who had earlier in the day described these as ‘social crimes.”
“The difference between the words and the deeds of this government is stark. They promised security to women during the campaign, but then the 10-point agenda laid out by the Modi sarkar has not even a word about women’s safety. It is just not there on their agenda,” she said.
Quoting data, Oza observed that in the last three months there have been 1170 cases of rape in Madhya Pradesh and 924 in Rajasthan and both these states are ruled by the BJP. ‘‘At the same time, the Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav cannot escape his responsibility by taking shelter in the argument that rape cases are not happening in his state only,” she added.