Zee Media Bureau/Biplob Ghosal
New Delhi: Congress leader Digvijay Singh criticised Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday for writing a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh proposing a meeting of Chief Ministers be held on the Food Security Bill.
Taking on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its poll panel head, Digvijay tweeted, “BJP and its ICON wants to deprive Poor of Food Security in India shows its true colour of being ANTI POOR. Oppose all pro poor initiatives.”
The AICC general secretary also accused Modi of bypassing its own party leaders and taking the decision solely. Digvijay tweeted: Modi doesn`t trust BJP Parliamentary Party to raise right issues on Food Security Bill writes directly to PM. No confidence against Sushma?”
In his letter dated August 7, Modi charged that under the Ordinance, "unworkable statutory responsibilities have been given to central and state governments" and the "number of beneficiaries has been fixed without specifying eligibility criteria and fix individual entitlements. Between different states, there could be wide regional disparities".
The Standing Committee of Parliament had in January, 2013 recommended that government should formulate eligibility criteria in consultation with state governments, according to Modi.
The letter said the Ordinance proposes to reduce the entitlement of BPL families from 35 kg per family to only 25 kg per average family of 5 persons and added "this cannot be the objective of any food security legislation which reduces the entitlement of those who have been identified as being below the poverty line".
As Kishtwar continues to remain tense, the Congress leader accusing the BJP of flaring up communal violence in Congress ruled states. Digvijay wrote on Twitter: “6 Communal Incidents in 2 months in Bihar Communal Violence in Kishtwar, in Tonk Rajasthan. I had warned BJP shall target non BJP States.”