Party wants PM to apologise to the nation for misleading it on black money

New Delhi : The Congress on Friday came down heavily on the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for winning elections with lies that are now falling apart and cited their poll promise on black money allegedly stashed abroad and promises to the Chhattisgarh paddy growers.

The party even called for a case of cheating and misrepresentation by Modi on the black money issue during the poll campaign and wanted him to immediately apologise to the nation for misleading it. It also challenged Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdeo to sit on an unending fast before the Prime Minister’s house for backing out on the black money issue.

It held two separate press conferences, first to expose how the BJP had gone back on its promises in the manifesto for the Assembly elections last year to buy up all the paddy produced in the state, pay a support price of Rs 21,000 a quintal plus bonus of Rs 300 a quintal for five years.

On October 4, the state cabinet of Dr Raman Singh decided to buy 10 quintals per acre and adopted the central minimum support price (MSP) of only Rs 1,440 a quintal. The party leaders from Chhattisgarh released a letter of farce by the chief minister to the prime minister to ask the Food Corporation of India (FCI) to lift a surplus of 30 lakh tonnes of rice produced from paddy in the state.

Party spokesperson Shobha Ojha pointed out that Modi vows to be farmer-friendly but it was his government that changed the procurement policy that the FCI will not lift the surplus stock for the central pool if a state gives bonus to farmers over and above MSP “at its own risk and cost.”

She said Chief Minister Raman Singh was trying to fool the farmers by writing to the PM to revise the policy lest the farmers cut down their production resulting in reduced buffer stock and adverse impact on the overall food security scenario in the country.

In another press conference, Congress spokesman Abhishek Manu Singhavi picked up the government’s backtracking on the issue of the black money stacked abroad by Indians by taking the same stance that the Congress-led UPA government had taken for not disclosing names of the foreign account holders.

He released four tweets of Modi and one of Sushma Swaraj, all flaying the UPA government for protecting the culprits of the black money and said the stand taken by the government in the Supreme Court on black money on Friday was an example of the defining characteristic of Modi as seen from differences in speech and reality, between action and words and how he banked on the “lies” during the poll campaign for winning votes.

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