In a blog titled ‘Institutional respect and institutional contempt – two contrasting approaches’, PM Modi said that in 2014, people voted decisively for honesty over dynasty.
The biggest casualty of dynastic politics are institutions. From the press to Parliament. From soldiers to free… https://t.co/df05QH3vzx
— Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 1553053185000
Saying that Indians were tired of the nation being in the “Fragile Five”, where corruption, cronyism and nepotism made headlines instead of anything positive, he wrote, “India voted to shed the baggage of the past in pursuit of a better future. The mandate of 2014 was epoch-making also because it was for the first time in the history of India that a non-dynastic party was blessed with a complete majority.”
Taking a dig at the Gandhi family, he said, “When a government works with the spirit of ‘India First’ instead of ‘Family First’, it shows in its working.”
Listing the achievements of his government, Modi said, “Over the last five years, the Indian economy has been the cynosure of the world’s eyes. India has made remarkable achievements in sanitation coverage (from 38% in 2014 to 98% now), banking the unbanked, financing the un-financed, building futuristic infrastructure, homes for the homeless, providing healthcare for the poor and educating the youth.”
Talking about the government institutions which took a “severe beating” under the dynastic politics, the PM said this government has puts them “above everything else.”
He said, “The overall productivity of the 16th Lok Sabha was a phenomenal 85%, which is significantly higher than the productivity of the 15th Lok Sabha. Between 2014 and 2019, the Rajya Sabha’s productivity was 68%. The Interim Budget session witnessed productivity of 89% in the Lok Sabha and a mere 8% in the Rajya Sabha. India should ask- why was the Rajya Sabha not working as productively as the Lok Sabha? Which were the forces disrupting the House and why?”
Mentioning “press and expression”, the PM wrote, “Dynastic parties have never been comfortable with a free and vibrant press. No wonder, the very first Constitutional Amendment brought in by the Congress government sought to curtail free speech. The recent UPA years saw the bringing of a law that could land you in prison for posting anything ‘offensive’.”
He also slammed the Congress for the Karnataka incident where a few protesting youth were allegedly taken into custody by the police during Rahul Gandhi‘s event. He said, “Just a few days ago, the nation watched with horror when a few youngsters were arrested for expressing their true feelings at a programme in Karnataka, where the Congress is sharing power.”
Recalling June 25, 1975, PM Modi said that the day took with it the “democratic ethos of India.” “A hurried radio address by the then Prime Minister showed the extent to which the Congress can go to safeguard the interests of one dynasty. The Emergency made the nation a prison overnight. Even to express was to commit sin,” he wrote.
Saying that Congress’ modus operandi is “simple- reject, discredit and threaten”, he said, “It was Mrs Indira Gandhi who called for a ‘committed judiciary’, which seeks to make the courts more loyal to a family than to the Constitution. This pursuit of a ‘committed judiciary’ made Congress overlook several respected judges while appointing the Chief Justice of India.”
The PM said that the Congress has always seen the defence sector as a source of income which is why the armed forces never got the respect that they deserved from the party. “When a top Congress leader calls the Army Chief a Gunda and is subsequently promoted in the party rank and file, it shows their scant regard for the forces. When our forces strike at terrorist elements, Congress leaders accuse the political leadership of doing ‘Khoon Ki Dalali.’
When our air warriors strike at terrorists, Congress questions that too,” he wrote.
Reminding people to remember the past before the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and how one family’s “desire for power” cost the nation so greatly, PM Modi said: “Let us stay vigilant and work hard to strengthen the intuitions given to us by the makers of our Constitution.”
Reacting to PM Modi’s ‘dynatic politics’ jibe, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said that the BJP has systematically attacked every institution in last five years including the media. “PM should stop thinking people are fools and understand that they see through this,” she said.