Congress should apologize for not being able to tackle inflation: Modi
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Sunday said that Congress should apologize to people for not being able to bring down price rise and tackle inflation which they had promised to do within hundred days.
"Congress had promised to bring down inflation in hundred days but they didn't. Their leaders are going from one state to another rallying, talking of Buddha and Asoka but they don't have the courage to ask for forgiveness from the people of this country for not being able to bring down prices," said Modi.
"Overnight they are remembering great kings, but they have nothing to say on price rise. Congress party's arrogance stops them from asking forgiveness. They have taken for granted that the people have no other choice but to vote for Congress. They forget that India is a democracy and that the voter is next to God," he said.
He also said that the country needed new policies to cater to the needs of the people and not just copy policies that have worked in other countries.
"I would like to ask the apple farmers: What policies are in force now that farmers don't get a fair price for their fruits? Why must apples be imported from foreign countries? We need to revamp, re-strategise our policies. We cannot copy policies that have worked in other countries," Modi said.
"The thought process needs a complete revamp for new policies. There is a need to take into account the diversity of our country to solve its problems. What works in one state doesn't work in another and the PM will not find solutions in national Development Council meets,' he said.
He also said that for the past 60 years the Congress had done nothing towards development.
"The BJP government will consult the states that fall within the Himalayan ranges for development, once we come into power. For the last 60 years, the Congress has done nothing towards it," Modi said.
"The BJP will change everything within 60 months. For the last six years we have derailed from the track of development," he said.
"We have to uplift those who've been left far behind in terms of development. India can't progress unless those who've been left behind are pushed forward. BJP aspires to strengthen every state. We will take every state along with us," he added.
(Posted on 17-02-2014)