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Congress Dubs PM Modi As Oligarch's Gift To India

Taking potshot at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Congress on Monday asked if he was God's gift or oligarch's gift to India. "Whether he (Modi) is god's gift or the oligarch's gift to India, the jury is still out," Congress leader Manish Tewari told the media here. Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu yesterday dubbed Prime Minister Modi god's gift to India and a messiah of the poor and said India is recognised and respected everywhere because of him.

While referring to the Bharatiya Janata Party's promises in the run-up to the 2014 general elections, Tewari asked, "What happened to Rs.15 lakh which you were supposed to get back and deposit in everybody's bank account in 100 days. Why are food prices going through the roof? Why is it that the common man is not able to afford even the basic food items?"

Tewari also flayed Prime Minister Modi for his comments on caste-based reservation, which he made earlier in the day. "The question to the Prime Minister is: Who raised the issue of revisiting reservation. Was it raised by the Congress? Was it raised by anybody in the opposition? The issue was raised by the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh), by its chief Mohan Bhagwat. So, the Prime Minister would be well advised if he directs these queries with regard to revisiting reservation to its or to their ideological mentor," he said. Tewari was referring to Prime Minister Modi's speech at the foundation-laying ceremony of the B.R. Ambedkar National Memorial here.

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