Lashing out at the 26-party Opposition bloc INDIA, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that starting from the British East India company to terrorist outfits such as the Indian Mujahideen and Popular Front of India, many organizations had India in their names. Modi, who was addressing BJP MPs for the first time during the Monsoon Session, asked the party to get ready for a third term in power at the Center and outlined its strategy.
The PM, according to sources, said the name INDIA was just an attempt by the Opposition to “mislead people”. Having the name India does not amount to anything, Modi underlined as he named the East India Company and terrorist outfits. “He said the East India Company, the Indian National Congress, and the Indian Mujahideen and the Popular Front of India also had India in their names,” said an MP who was at the parliamentary party meeting.
Modi said the Opposition was frustrated because its leaders had realized they would remain in Opposition even after next year’s general elections. “I have never seen such a directionless Opposition,” senior MP and former Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad quoted the PM as saying.
Modi asked the MPs not to get either disheartened or distracted by the Opposition protest. The PM, according to sources, said “their (Opposition) job is to oppose” and urged the party to focus on ensuring that the benefits of its governance reach every corner of the country. Sources said there was no mention of Manipur in Modi’s speech.
The PM reminded his party’s MPs that almost all other countries had faith in the current Indian leadership and that is why countries such as the US and France were signing agreements with India. “The Prime Minister said we have to work to see that India becomes the third-largest economy during the third term of the BJP,” said a source.
Following the PM’s remarks, several BJP leaders reiterated his point to draw distinction between the names “Bharat” and “India”. “It is the fashion of terrorists, Naxalites to add INDIA in front of their name, the Opposition is also taking support of the word INDIA to weaken India with the help of foreign forces,” tweeted BJP MP Nishikant Dubey.
BJP IT Department chief Amit Malviya tweeted, “Indian Mujahideen wants to ravage India. East India Co looted India. The Opposition calling themselves INDIA doesn’t make them any more credible. Changing name does not change the character of those involved. Opposition alliance is a grouping of the corrupt and tainted.”