New Delhi: Congress today took a dig at BJP for crediting Prime Minister Narendra Modi's “able leadership” for pushing certain laws including the judicial reforms bill, saying the saffron outfit opposed the legislations when it was in opposition.
Former Union minister and Congress MP Rajeev Shukla said BJP stridently opposed judicial reform bill, insurance bill and move to reform labour laws when it was in opposition and Congress in power. It was working overtime to pass them after it has come to power, he said.
“The tape (government) has changed but what it plays is the same,” he said on a new channel. Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said Modi's strong leadership has restored the faith of people in the government which was missing during the UPA's regime and his initiatives have created a positive image about India across the world.
“Modi is working for reforms in economy, administraiton... Countries which would look at India adversely earlier are now positive towards it,” Naqvi said.
Referring to India's “strong” reply to Pakistan's violation of the ceasefire along the Line of Control, he said now the neighbouring country was raising a hue and cry over Indian action while it used to be other way round earlier.
JD(U) MP K C Tyagi termed BJP as a “shop of two brothers”, apparently referring to Modi and BJP President Amit Shah, and said they had become as arrogant like Indira Gandhi had after her thumping victory in 1971, leading to her defeat later.
“There used to be people in Atal Bihari Vajpayee cabinet who dissented with his decision. Such a disagreement with Modi is unthinkable now,” he said. Vajpayee headed the first BJP-led government between 1998-2004.
Asked about BJP's silence on controversial land deals involving Congress Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra after it is in power at the Centre as well as Haryana, Naqvi said fears about hushing up the matter no longer existed and the state government was doing its job.