Pune, July 14 (ANI): Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday accused the Congress-led UPA Government of taking the people of the country for granted over the past 60 years.
"The Congress' 60-year rule is at the root of the problems being faced by the country today. They follow vote-bank politics and have utter disregard for the public. Once they gain power, they forget the people. Whenever the Congress Government faces problems, they hide behind the veil of secularism," Modi said at a BJP rally here.
Modi blamed the Congress for the deteriorating economic condition of the country, and specifically targeted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, a great economist, for failing to prevent the free fall of the rupee.
"When India achieved Independence, that time one Indian rupee was equivalent to one U.S. dollar. Today, the Indian rupee is in a free fall. What is the reason behind the free fall of the rupee? It is because the Congress is neck-deep in corruption," he said.
He also criticised the government for pushing the food security ordinance through without a proper debate in both houses of parliament, and said the country needs action not acts.
"The Congress wants to take the full credit for the Food Security Bill. I want to ask the Delhi Government - during the Parliament session, why did you introduce an ordinance instead of bringing in the Food Security Bill itself? Why? It is because of a trust deficit between the Congress and its allies in the UPA. Government may not be able to provide food to the poor but it has decided to provide the poor a piece of a paper called Food Security Bill," he said.
He also challenged the Congress to compare the NDA's six years of rule with the UPA's ten years.
"Let's compare the value of the rupee during Vajpayee's rule and the value of the rupee during Manmohan Singh's rule. The Congress has been in power for nine years and the poor have only gotten poorer," he added.
Earlier, Modi addressed students of Pune's Fergusson College on the Indian education system, and expressed his concern over it becoming a money-making business. The education system needs modernisation, not westernization, he said. (ANI)