Kharge accuses PM Modi of spreading lies about UPA govt

"By nitpicking speeches from here and there, you are only spreading lies," Congress president writes in X post

PM Modi in the Rajya Sabha (video screen grab)
PM Modi in the Rajya Sabha (video screen grab)


Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge has accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of speaking falsehoods about the Congress-led UPA government and claimed that the PM's speech in the Rajya Sabha was only focused on criticising the Congress and did not touch upon the issues of unemployment, price rise and economic inequality.

Talking about PM Modi's reply to the debate on the motion of thanks on the President's address in the Rajya Sabha, Kharge said, "those who do not believe in the Constitution are preaching patriotism to the Congress".

"Modiji, in your speeches in both the Houses, you only cursed the Congress. Despite being in power for 10 years, instead of talking about himself, he only criticises the Congress party. Even today, he did not talk about price rise, unemployment and economic inequality.

"We brought 14 crore people out of (not just multidimensional) poverty in 10 years. By nitpicking speeches from here and there, you are only spreading lies," Kharge said.

"Actually, the government does not have any data. NDA itself means No Data Available government — Census 2021 has not been conducted, there is no employment data, there is no health survey. The government hides all the statistics and spreads lies. 'Modi ki guarantee' is only to spread lies," he also said.

"Those who did not believe in the Constitution, did not participate in the Dandi March and the Quit India Movement, have the audacity to today preach patriotism to the Congress party," he added.

"Modiji spoke countless falsehoods about the UPA government. I want to ask — the unemployment rate during UPA rule was 2.2 per cent, why is it at a 45-year high in your tenure?" Kharge asked.

The Congress chief said during the 10 years of the UPA government, the average GDP growth rate was 8.13 per cent, and asked why it is only 5.6 per cent during the current government's tenure. According to the World Bank, India had become the world's third largest economy in 2011 itself, he said.

He said the foundation of the progress that India has made in digital transformation was laid by the Congress-led UPA under the Aadhaar-DBT-bank account framework. "We had already enrolled 65 crore Aadhaar cards until 2014 and direct transfer of subsidies had started under DBT-PAHAL. Under Swabhiman Yojana, we had also opened 33 crore bank accounts for the poor," Kharge noted.

"Modiji said something about PSUs (public sector undertakings). Let us remind you that your 'sell and loot' policy led to full/half/or partial privatisation of 147 PSUs until April 2022," he said in a post on X.

There are 30 lakh posts lying vacant in the government, the Congress leader said, adding that most of the Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Other Backward Classes (OBC) posts are vacant and nearly three lakh posts are lying vacant in five ministries — railway, steel, civil aviation, defence (excluding troops) and petroleum.

"You talked about Eklavya schools, but did not say that 70 per cent of the teachers in these schools are on contract basis," Kharge said.

"It is unfortunate that the gap between our exports and imports has increased by three times in the last 10 years and despite knowing this fact, the government does not accept it as a problem and has not taken any corrective measures," he said.

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