Goa Polls 2017: Digvijay Singh slams Modi, says regional outfits are no pickpockets
The Congress veteran leader made counter arguments to Modi and said �Regional parties have a right within the Constitutional framework to ask for votes. Who are you to call them pickpockets?�
Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh today lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi who had labelled some parties in Goa as pickpockets of democracy and Singh said regional outfits have legitimate right to seek votes.
“The PM’s speech was pure rhetoric and political, where he sort of called regional parties as pickpockets. Is this the language of a Prime Minister? I strongly condemn it,” Singh told reporters.
The Congress veteran leader made counter arguments to Modi and said “Regional parties have a right within the Constitutional framework to ask for votes. Who are you to call them pickpockets?”
The Prime Minister, in his public speech yesterday in poll-bound Goa, dubbed parties contesting the February 4 Goa Assembly polls only to split votes as “pickpockets of democracy” and cautioned voters against them.
Singh said Modi skirted real issues like the special status category to Goa, mining, employment, casinos, regional plan and environment, and only indulged in rhetoric.
Referring to Modi’s statement that some people are questioning the poll dates in Punjab and Goa, the former Madhya Pradesh CM said at least his party is not doing so.
“Who is questioning the timing of Goa election? Has Congress questioned it? The timing of Goa and Punjab polls was decided by the Election Commission.
“As far as presentation of Union Budget is concerned, the EC has directed the Government not to announce any scheme specific to the poll-bound States.”
To a query, the AICC General Secretary said Priyanka Gandhi is campaigning only in Uttar Pradesh. “Soniaji is not well, Priyankaji is not in active politics, she is confining herself to UP.”
“We are fighting on 37 seats (out of the 40) and have seat-sharing on the remaining three. We will try to win every seat. Instead of a pre-poll alliance, we have gone for seat adjustment.”
The Rajya Sabha MP, Singh, said the party did not opt for the alliance as such an arrangement works only when votes are transferred among coalition partners.