Congress MP Deepender Hooda describes PM's speech as 'jugglery of words'

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech on Friday in Parliament was described by Congress MP Deepender Hooda as containing "nothing new" and being just a "jugglery of words".

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech on Friday in Parliament was described by Congress MP Deepender Hooda as containing "nothing new" and being just a "jugglery of words".

"There is absolutely nothing new in the prime minister's speech. It is all a jugglery of words," Hooda told PTI here.

Referring to Modi's raking up of the MNREGA issue, he said, "Although the prime minister made scathing remarks against it, the fact is that he wants to continue with the scheme."

Replying to a debate today in Lok Sabha on the Motion of Thanks to the President's address, Modi had said, "...MNREGA is a living example of your (Congress's) failures."

Claiming that Modi had acknowledged the role played by previous governments in building the country, Hooda said that the prime minister had also admitted that, as far as the Swacch Bharat Abhiyan was concerned, it was a continuation of the Nirmal Bharat campaign.

The Haryana Congress leader also sought to bring up the issue of poverty in Gujarat to target Modi, who was chief minister of that state before becoming prime minister.

"For the last 20 years, it was a BJP government in Gujarat. Are they going to blame us (Congress) for the poor people and the poverty in Gujarat also?" he asked.