Narendra Modi Is the Biggest ‘NPA’ in the Country: Kapil Sibal

The Congress’s Kapil Sibal explains the Congress’s narrative for the approaching 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

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Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal in an exclusive interview to The Quint's Editorial Director Sanjay Pugalia, in his show Rajpath, came down heavily on the BJP.

Sibal took a dig at PM Narendra Modi by saying, ‘he (Modi) can do anything to create an emotional wave in his favour. They can also cry in Parliament.’ 

Everyone says PM Modi will pull off something that is out of the box or unthinkable. What can they do to create an emotional wave in their favour?

It was because they wanted to do something ‘out of the box’ that they introduced the noteban. They can shed tears in parliament, like he has. They think things like this will work in their favour. They can do anything.

Nothing is heard except criticism of Narendra Modi and the BJP by the Congress. What is the new narrative you are offering to the voters?

The masses voted Narendra Modi to power. He said he will change the face of India at 60 years and he got full support. They had a majority. There was no obstacle. They can’t even blame the coalition government by saying it was because of it that they could not do this or that. There was no problem. But what did India get through the strong leadership of Modiji? This will be our narrative.

The coalition governments that existed, what have they offered to the people of India? They (the BJP) said that our coalition was suffering from policy paralysis. In the context of a policy paralysis, India’s recorded a 8.2 percent increase in GDP. Today there is no policy paralysis and the growth did not even reach 7.5 percent.

During Vajpayee’s coalition government, his government gave the Golden Quadrilateral Plan and the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. Our coalition government gave the nuclear deal, Right to Education, Right to Information and Right to Food Security. As an example I can say when Modiji was absent the country benefited and when he became visible India suffered a loss.

Kapil Sibal called the BJP a ‘NPA’ (Non-performing asset). He said, “What is the performance of the government over the last four and a half years? There isn’t a single example, you see farming, GDP, export-import. NPAs happened due to BJP, not because of us.”

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