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2019, a fight between dictatorship, democracy, says Manish Tewari

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Published : Jan 13, 2019, 6:26 am IST
Updated : Jan 13, 2019, 6:26 am IST

Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Chhattisgarh have withdrawn the general consent to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in these states.

Congress leader Manish Tewari. (Photo: File)
 Congress leader Manish Tewari. (Photo: File)

New Delhi: Hitting back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his remarks that people have to chose between a “majboor” (helpless) and a “majboot” (strong) government in the upcoming general election, the Congress on Saturday said the 2019 Lok Sabha polls would be a fight between dictatorship and democracy.

On Mr Modi’s attack on states ruled by opposition parties for withdrawing the general consent to the CBI and his remarks that he had not resorted to such a measure when he was targeted by central agencies under the UPA rule, Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari retorted, saying investigating bodies were not used as a political tool under his party’s rule to target rivals.

Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Chhattisgarh have withdrawn the general consent to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in these states.

The Congress spokesperson said, while in his over-an-hour-long speech, the PM spoke on a host of issues, including launching several attacks on the Congress, he skipped key “achievements” like demonetisation, the employment he had promised and the agrarian distress across the country.

"Lok Sabha 2019 will not be a battle between a majboor sarkar and a majboot sarkar, it is a fight between dictatorship and democracy. It is a battle between 'bhashan' (speeches) and 'prashasan' (administration) and it is going to be a test of 'jumla' versus impeccable track record of service which the Congress has delivered for years," Mr Tewari added.

The Congress leader's remarks came in response to Modi's assertion at the BJP’s national convention that the opposition parties were coming together as they wanted to form a "majboor" government to promote nepotism and corruption, whereas the saffron party wanted a "majboot" dispensation for an all-round development of the country.

Mr Tewari accused the government of systematic weakening of the country'sinstitutions. Targeting the government over the state of internal security, hesaid Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had stated that there was no big terror attack during the BJP rule.

"If this was to be true, then what was the Uri attack, where 19 soldiers were killed in a terror strike, and the Pathankot terror strike?," Mr Tewari asked. Both the terror attacks had taken place in 2016.

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