Chaiwala is PM because Congress preserved democracy: Mallikarjun Kharge

New Delhi: The Congress’ Maharashtra in charge, Mallikarjun Kharge, hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday and said that a “chaiwala” could become the Prime Minister of the country because the party preserved democracy.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been asking, at every function, about what the Congress has done for the country in the past 70 years. A chaiwala like him (Modi) could become Prime Minister because we preserved democracy,” Mr Kharge said.

Listing out various schemes of the BJP government Kharge alleged that it had failed to perform on all fronts. “There have been consistent attacks on the character of Indira Gandhi, Rajiv and Sonia Gandhi. It is a deliberate attack by the BJP. The Congress is a family and we all are its members,” PTI quoted him as saying.

“Modi speaks about the Emergency that happened 43 years back, but what about the unproclaimed Emergency in the last four years? Farmers are committing suicide, agricultural schemes are failing, farmers are not getting new loans and trade is on the slow track,” he claimed.

Mr Kharge further said, “On the other hand, the government’s expenditure on advertising is unstoppable. ‘Acche din‘ will come into the lives of people once the Modi government is dethroned.”

The senior Congress leader from Karnataka, in the morning, reviewed party functions and asked workers to forget differences between themselves.

“Come together, fight together. We will definitely win the Parliament polls if the Congress wins in Maharashtra. Victory at the centre depends on Maharashtra,” he told party workers.

 

The Maharashtra Congress Committee, meanwhile, launched ‘Project Shakti’ on Sunday which will enable voters to connect with the party and party president.

“Voters have to send a text message with their voter identity number to a dedicated number. This will help the party get information about its booth-wise strengths and weaknesses,” said Gokul Patel, national convener of Project Shakti.

Mr Patel added that it would not be asking voters to share their Aadhaar numbers since the Congress wanted to respect their right to privacy.

(With PTI inputs)