NEW DELHI: The Congress today said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should have spoken “the truth” in the last Independence Day address of his term instead of making a “hollow” speech and urged him to accept party chief Rahul Gandhi’s challenge of a debate on issues such as corruption, mob lynching and Chinese incursions.
In his last Independence Day speech before Lok Sabha elections, Modi presented a picture of rising India under his government, contrasting it with what he termed was “policy paralysis” under the UPA.
Congress’s communications in-charge Randeep Surjewala alleged that the Prime Minister in his address did not utter a single word that was “meaningful” to the common person.
Surjewala claimed that people were now tired of the “fake achche din” promised by the BJP and were waiting for “sachche din (days of truth) when he departs as the prime minister of the country.
In 2013, Modi had created a Red Fort-like replica in Chhattisgarh and from there he had challenged then prime minister Manmohan Singh to an open debate on the issues of corruption, China and Pakistan threatening the territorial integrity of India, falling rupee and failing economy, rampant unemployment as also discrimination vis-a-vis farmers and India’s women, Surjewala said.
“We ask you, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, today, five years after you have taken over as Prime Minister, are you ready for a debate on these very issues with Congress president Rahul Gandhi.”
“Will you debate on the issue of corruption and Rafale and Vyapam and other corruption scams of your government for you did not utter a single word from the precincts of the Red Fort on corruption,” he told reporters at the AICC headquarters here.