The Sonia-Rahul-Modi tug of war Continues, Gets More Bitter

The battle of rhetoric continues, as PM Modi responds to comments made by Sonia and Rahul Gandhi.

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PM Narendra Modi at a rally in Mathura (Photo: Reuters)

What happens when you pitch the Congress against a Prime Minister who strides the polity like a colossus? You get a political slugfest — quite like the one that is ensuing now, between PM Narendra Modi and Sonia and Rahul Gandhi in the Opposition.

The Sonia-Rahul Attack

Early in May, Congress President Sonia Gandhi launched a scathing attack on Modi and his government for a “blatant U-turn” on their promise of transparency and good governance. Following closely on her heels, was son Rahul, who, in his much awaited appearance in the Parliament, came down heavy on the NDA government, labelling it a “suit-boot ki sarkar.”

After his aggressive pitch against the Land Bill, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, on Wednesday, reached out to the fishing community by attacking the Modi government’s decision to extend the ban on trawling. Rahul declared emphatically that the “mother sea” couldn’t be taken away from the fishermen.

Responding in the Same Coin

The PM however, was not one to dismiss the Opposition’s comments.

Hinting at Sonia Gandhi’s role through the UPA regime, PM Narendra Modi stated that Sonia Gandhi wielded real power during the UPA rule as an “extra-constitutional” authority whereas his government was run only by constitutional means.

Hitting back at Rahul for his “suit-boot ki sarkar” jibe, Modi said that the Congress had not been able to “digest” its crushing defeat in Lok Sabha polls even after one year.

The people have punished them for their sins of omission and commission. We thought they would learn from this, but it looks as though they are proving right the earlier saying that if con is the opposite of pro, then Congress is the opposite of progress.
— PM Narendra Modi

(With inputs from the PTI)

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