Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday hit out at Congress party for stalling projects and keeping them pending, and asserted that the NDA government had taken steps to end it.
While addressing a public gathering after inaugurating the 107 km Bidar- Kalaburagi railway line which is built at a cost of Rs 1,542 crore, Modi said, "The Congress' work culture is atkana (hinder), latkana (delay) and bhatkana (mislead) to stall projects. You will get thousands of such projects in India that get started to reap political mileage but later get stalled."
“The delay in implementing the projects led to cost overruns and the previous government was to be blamed for this "criminal negligence", he alleged. The project was conceived in 1994.
Development projects stalled since the Congress rule are being completed now. Congress only believed in 'Atkana', Latkana' & 'Bhatkana': PM pic.twitter.com/vP5EemRh4R— ANI (@ANI) October 29, 2017
"If we have to move forward we have to end this work culture. We have taken steps to do away with it. We have given importance to time-bound work culture," Modi said.
Modi also reaffirmed his government's commitment to fighting corruption.
"We are fighting corruption. The Congress has become insensitive. I was surprised that when in Gujarat there were floods, Rajya Sabha election was also going on in the state," he said.
"When people were dying in floods, fields were getting washed away and farmers were in distress, all their (Congress) legislators were enjoying in Bengaluru. At the same time a minister's house was raided by Income Tax (department) and bundles of notes were recovered," he alleged.
Gujarat was devastated by floods this year. But Congress leaders, instead of reaching out to people there, preferred coming to Bengaluru: PM pic.twitter.com/WPMyecOtQu— ANI (@ANI) October 29, 2017
Gujarat Congress MLAs were in Bengaluru during the Rajya Sabha polls in August, in which Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's political secretary Ahmed Patel faced a tricky battle but managed to scrape through. (With PTI Inputs)