New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is embarrassing India by repeatedly saying in foreign capitals that the country enjoyed no credibility till he came to power, the Congress said on Friday.
"We completely reject his claim that he has restored India's credibility," Congress leader Anand Sharma told a news conference here, on the second day of Modi's visit to Britain.
He said Modi's claim implied that India had no credibility earlier and the world did not respect India before Modi took power in May 2014.
"By repeating this thing over and over again in capitals that he visits, he is embarrassing the country.
"India had respect, India had credibility and India was one of the most favoured destinations for FDI because of government policies" even earlier, Sharma said.
The Congress leader alleged that there is an atmosphere of fear in India today, and the whole blame for this lay on the Prime Minister.
"The PM presides over a government which is arbitrary in functioning. The PM is authoritarian when it comes to the conduct of the affairs of the state.
"It is his government which has sullied India's image as a favoured destination because of forces which have been unleashed and which have been given protection and endorsement by Modi," Sharma said.
Stop hypocrisy on intolerance, Congress tells Modi
In an all-out offensive against PM Modi, the Kerala unit of the Congress today asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to stop his hypocrisy on intolerance.
"We all heard Modi speaking of intolerance in his speech in London on Thursday and this is the classic example of his hypocritical statements because in London, he speaks against intolerance, while in India his actions fuels intolerance," said Kerala Congress president VM Sudheeran in a statement issued today.
"It was when Modi spoke against intolerance in London, we heard about the reports of a death threat issued to Janapith award winner Girish Karnard. Also we saw an article in the RSS party organ 'Organiser' that questions the self respect of we Keralites. This is the hypocritical position of Modi," added Sudheeran.
Sudheeran's statement against Modi comes a few hours after a two-day meeting of the Congress in Kerala that was held to analyse the set-back in the recent civic polls. The party decided in the meeting to unleash an all-out attack against the BJP's "communal and fascist" tendencies.