Fuel prices remain unchecked, PM Modi responsible for present state of darkness: Asaduddin Owaisi

AIMIM chief has attacked the Modi govt for failing to control the fuel price hike. 

Fuel prices remain unchecked, PM Modi responsible for present state of darkness: Asaduddin Owaisi

NEW DELHI: AIMIM chief and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi has again attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government for not doing enough to contain the rising fuel prices.

In a blistering attack on the PM, the AIMIM leader said, ''Want to say that PM Modi has already created enough darkness by ensuring that prices of petrol and diesel go beyond the reach of common man. He has created darkness by not fulfilling the promises he made to the countrymen.''

He also ridiculed PM Modi for saying that "we are the light, Opposition is darkness."

Attacking the Narendra Modi led NDA disposition on Thursday, Owaisi said, ''The BJP government at the Centre has cheated people and aggravated their miseries by taking measures like demonetisation and GST. Today, the rate of unemployment is very high, there is no effective mechanism to check black money. The government's tall promise of bringing all the black money hoarders to book is yet to be fulfilled.''

''The current dispensation led by PM Modi is responsible for creating a state of darkness in the country. The common man is the most hit by the sky-rocketing fuel prices. In spite of doing something, the Centre continues to blame the external factors for rising fuel prices. The weakening Rupee points to the collapsing national economy,'' he said.

The remarks from the AIMIMJ chief came shortly after PM Modi on Thursday hit out at Opposition parties, saying the Congress, which has been trying to forge a "mahagathbandhan" for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, was in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and those part of the Grand Alliance form its "support system".

PM Modi these remarks during a video interaction with booth-level workers of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from Jaipur (Rural), Nawada, Ghaziabad, Hazaribagh and Arunachal West parliamentary constituencies.

Responding to a query of a BJP worker from Arunachal Pradesh about the Opposition's efforts to forge a grand alliance, PM Modi said it was not a matter of Opposition unity but an attempt was being made to do branding for some political parties in the name of "mahagathbandhan".

"This 'mahagathbandhan' is not a bond of knot but is an alliance of some opportunistic political parties to hide their weaknesses," he said.

"They are trying to stitch an alliance of parties while we are stitching people's hearts. This is their compulsion. Our work is to stitch relations which is our national duty," he said.

The Prime Minister said there was confusion in the "mahagathbandhan" over leadership and policy. Their intention was corrupt.

"Their only motto is `Modi hatao`, `Modi hatao` and `Modi hatao` (Remove Modi) while our determination is to accelerate the path of development."

Dubbing the idea of "mahagathbandhan" as an example of the BJP`s rising power, he sought to know why the Congress, which had once passed a resolution against alliances, was now backtracking.

"Some years back, the Congress passed a resolution in Madhya Pradesh saying it will never go for any alliance. What is the reason today they are ready to have an alliance with any political party? Today they are saying ...save me," he said.

"When a patient remains in the ICU, he is given a different kind of support system so that he can survive. The Congress is installing a support system of political parties to save itself. For the Congress, all those part of `mahagathbandhan` are only a support system so that they rescue it from ICU.''

The Prime Minister asserted that Congress party's efforts to form a grand coalition were not going to make any difference to the BJP in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

"If the BJP government had made some mistakes or its popularity graph had gone down or the Prime Minister had made some mistakes, would they have gone for an alliance?" Modi asked.

The opposition parties were so scared of the BJP that they felt they can never defeat it alone.

"They can`t stand before the BJP. This is the reason they are doing this to get together," he said.

"They are 'naamdar' and we are 'kaamdar'. Their purpose is the welfare of a family and ours is country's welfare. The country is going to judge them on these issues... Being a BJP worker it does not make any difference to us what our opponents are doing."

(With Agency Inputs)