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‘Narendra Destructive Alliance’: Congress’ swipe at Modi

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NEW DELHI, June 9: Taking a swipe at Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi, the Congress on Sunday said he will get himself sworn-in this evening as “the leader of the Narendra Destructive Alliance (NDA)” even though he lacks all legitimacy.
Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh said, “Remember May 28th, 2023? It was the day that Narendra Modi walked into the new Parliament building with the Sengol for which a August 15th 1947 history was fabricated ‘to not only justify Modi’s pretensions of being Samrat but also to appeal to the Tamil electorate.” “That day itself, I had exposed Modi’s fakery using archival material,” he said.
“We now know the outcome of that drama. The Sengol remains a respected symbol of Tamil history but the Tamil electorate and indeed India’s electorate has rejected Mr. Modi’s pretensions,” Ramesh said.
The Congress leader claimed that Modi has suffered a huge personal, political, and moral defeat.
Modi has been forced to bow to the Constitution that he has subverted in the last decade, Ramesh said.
“A vastly diminished ‘one-third’ Pradhan Mantri, now lacking all legitimacy, has managed to get himself sworn this evening, as the leader of the Narendra Destructive Alliance (NDA),” he said.
Modi is set to be sworn-in this evening. The dignitaries and special invitees attending the ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Sunday evening include leaders from India’s neighbourhood and the Indian Ocean Region.
Though the BJP could not get a majority on its own in the recent Lok Sabha polls, the party-led National Democratic Alliance secured 293 out of 543 seats. The Congress got 99 seats in the polls. The majority mark in the lower house is 272.
In another post on X, Ramesh took a swipe at Modi over his visit to Rajghat this morning.
“Aap track record dekhiye: His ideological brotherhood created such a toxic environment of hostility and hatred that it resulted in the cold-blooded murder of the Mahatma on January 30th, 1948.” “He (Modi) never pulls up his colleagues who make Nathuram Godse into some sort of a hero. He displaces Mahatma Gandhi’s statue in Parliament House – not once but twice,” Ramesh said.
“He (Modi) falsely claims that before the Attenborough film of 1982 on him Mahatma Gandhi was not known to the world. He demolishes and destroys Gandhian institutions in Varanasi, Ahmedabad, and elsewhere. Breath-taking hypocrisy!” Ramesh said.
Modi does not have mandate like Nehru: TMC
Trinamool Congress leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay Sunday said Narendra Modi might be taking oath as prime minister for a third term, but he does not have a mandate like Jawaharlal Nehru, the only other PM to have three consecutive terms, had.
Bandyopadhyay, who was on Saturday re-elected as the leader of the TMC in Lok Sabha, also said the opposition will play a positive role in the functioning of parliament.
“People have given some opinion in his (PM Modi) favour… But it is not like Nehru ji (who) had the verdict behind him,” he said.
Bandyopadhyay said the government is going to take an oath on Sunday “which is okay” according to democratic process but “our leader Mamata Banerjee has declared yesterday this government cannot last long”.
Nehru was sworn in as the prime minister for the third time in 1962, when the Congress had won 361 seats, 10 down from the Lok Sabha polls of 1957.
No longer Modi govt, NDA govt taking oath: RJD
It is an NDA government that is taking oath this time and not a “Modi government”, RJD leader Manoj Jha said on Sunday and expressed hope that the ruling dispensation will work on issues such as providing employment.
Jha also said the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) will not attend the swearing-in ceremony and the INDIA coalition will be represented by Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge, the Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha.
Narendra Modi will on Sunday take oath for a third consecutive term as prime minister, along with members of his council.
“The NDA government is taking oath today … After a long time, it is not the Modi government anymore, it is the NDA government,” Jha said.
“We hope it will create less polarisation in society this time, the lives of the weaker sections are improved and the government is free of crony capitalism.”
“The biggest requirement of youngsters today is employment, so employment is a big issue, he should work on it,” the RJD leader added. (PTI)

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