Modi Running a Government of 'Suit, Boot and Loot': Raj Babbar

Modi Running a Government of 'Suit, Boot and Loot': Raj Babbar

Congress leader Raj Babbar today added the word "loot" to Vice-President Rahul Gandhi's slogan of "suit, boot ki sarkar" targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi led NDA government at the Centre and said it was cheating the countrymen.

"Narendra Modi's government has become 'suit, boot, loot ki sarkar'. It has completed one year of rule and every section of the society -youth, unemployed, farmers or small businessmen - are feeling cheated by its words and actions," the Congress national spokesperson told reporters here.

"He is giving Rs 5,000 crore loan to Adani and one billion dollar aid to Mongolia. They are squandering and looting the nation's money," he said.

Further attacking the Prime Minister, the actor-politician said, "He has become a 'Paridhan Mantri' (Dress Minister) instead of Prime Minister and acting like a Maharaja with no concern about the common people".

Babbar was here to meet senior party functionaries and pay his tribute to the people who lost their lives in the recent storms and earthquakes.

Taking on Modi over his international tours, the Congress leader said, "Our country is continuously facing natural disasters and the Prime Minister is touring foreign countries on taxpayer's money. Be it Mongolia, South Korea, China, Australia, Canada or US, you name a country and he is there."

Hitting out at Modi for not visiting the areas in the country facing severe agrarian crisis, Babbar blamed the Prime Minister for having "time to click selfies, but no time for farmers".

"Maharaja Modi is doing such deeds that not only farmers, but the entire 125 crore population of the country is saying 'Kisan Virodhi, Narendra Modi'," he said.

The Congress leader flanked by Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee (BPCC) President Ashok Chaudhary and Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Sadanand Singh, pointed out that Modi has not visited Bihar even once in last one year, despite the fact that the state has been ravaged by floods, drought, storms and earthquakes during this period.

"People of Bihar who gave 31 out of 40 Lok Sabha seats to BJP and its allies are suffering due to the natural disasters and ruing their fate that the man whom they supported is not bothered about them," Babbar said.

Taunting the 'invisibility' of Modi, Babbar said while the Prime Minister is singing 'Dukh bhare din bite re bhaiya, sukh bhare din aayo re'(bad days are over, good times have come) and playing violin in foreign countries, the people in Bihar and other states facing agrarian crisis and natural disasters are lamenting 'Sajanwa bairi ho gaye hamar'(my beloved has become my enemy).

Babbar, who has thrice been an MP, but lost to General (Retired) V K Singh from Ghaziabad constituency in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections also took on Modi for his comments on India in other countries.

"Modi has said such things about India that our countrymen are feeling insulted. If he gets the power, he can even negate everything good about our country right from the Mohenjo-daro civilisation to our culture, missiles, tanks, rockets and the space mission to Mars, which happened before his one-year rule," said Babbar.

The Congress leader also pointed out that Modi is not taking Commerce Minister or External Affairs Minister along with him on his foreign tours and added "if ministers are not needed and only industrialists should be there, Modi should make Adani a minister."

Lambasting Modi for doling out one billion dollar aid to Mongolia, Babbar said, "It is so much money that if directly distributed in Mongolia, every citizen will get Rs 22,500. On the other hand, farmers in our country are committing suicide over loans of just Rs 10,000."

Babbar also pointed out that Modi and other BJP leaders keep telling that the problems in the country have been inherited from UPA rule, but they should tell "from whom they inherited the money that they are doling out in other countries."

He also castigated BJP leader and Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari for giving statements that farmers should not just rely on the government, and those who commit suicides were cowards.

"The UPA government had written off loans worth Rs 72,000 crore to farmers, not because they were cowards, but because they were helpless. Our government wrote off loans to strengthen India.

"On the other hand, the present government is bringing policies to weaken farmers and strengthen corporates. It wants to weaken the farmers who are not willing to part with their land on cheap rates," he said.

Reacting to questions about Congress entering poll alliance with JD(U) and RJD in Bihar, Babbar said it will be considered by senior leaders of state Congress and then "the high command will take a suitable decision".

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