New Delhi, Mar 3 (IBNS) Congress reacted sharply soon after in one of his most stinging attacks on the Congress and the Gandhi family, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the ruling party has dedicated itself to the welfare of just one dynasty and not the nation and even went to the extent of saying that Pranab Mukherjee was not made the PM since that could have discredited the family with better performance.
"AMNESIA Is it not true that Vajpayee ji reminded a certain CM about Raj Dharma in 02? What did Vajpayee attribute their 2004 defeat to?," Manish Tewari posted on Twitter soon after.
On Modi giving BJP credit for the Pokhran nuclear test during the regime of Atal Bihari Vajpayee despite international pressure, Tewari tweeted: "FACTS- Indira Gandhi carried out PNE (peaceful nuclear explosion) in 74, successive Cong govts nurtured strategic programme and Manmohan Singh dismantled nuclear aparthied."
Another Congress leader, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Shukla, said if Modi is so full of praise for Pranab Mukherjee then why did he not support him during the Presidential poll.
Addressing the third and concluding session of the Bharatiya Janata Party´s National Council meeting here, Modi called all the prime ministers of Congress, particularly Manmohan Singh, a puppet in the hand of the family and even went to the extent to say that present President Pranab Mukherjee was not made the Prime Minister because he was a man connected to pragmatism and perhaps could have done better and proved himself.
Modi called Manmohan Singh as a person who is disconnected from reality and mixing sarcasm with his characteristic articulation Modi said the former was chosen as just a nightwatchman of Gandhi family but it is only that the night became very, very long.
"Perhaps Pranab Mukherjee could have been a better man than Manmohan Singh. Perhaps the country could have been saved," he said.
"If Pranab-da were successful what would have happened to the family? Congress has dedicated the whole party to one family," said Modi.
Modi named all former Indian prime ministers ranging from Morarji Desai to Chandrasekhar and VP Singh who could ascend to the position only after they stepped out of Congress party.