No progress without Congress: This is how a Telangana leader schooled PM Modi
Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) Treasurer Gudur Narayana Reddy challenged Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and PM Modi to show a single major project initiated and completed during its regime. As counter, Gudur Narayana Reddy listed out Congress achievements in a chronological manner.
Addressing the media at Gandhi Bhavan in Hyderabad, Gudur Narayana Reddy took on Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and PM Modi for the narrative that '70 Saal Mein Kuch Nahi Hua (Nothing happened in the last 70 years)' which is often mentioned by Prime Minister Narender Modi in his speeches.
"His [Modi] rhetoric gives a feeling as if India was born in 2014 and he was made the first prime minister," Gudur Narayana Reddy said.
Mocking PM Modi, Gudur Narayana Reddy said: "Even before Modi was born, India had won a war with Pakistan and also merged more than 500 princely states with the Union of India."
"When Modi was just six months old, India hosted the first Asian Games in New Delhi from March 4- 11, 1951. In the same year, the then prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru introduced India's first five-year plan and before Modi turning one, the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, was established," Gudur Narayana Reddy said.
The Congress leader then went on to say that ''the first general elections of independent India were held when Modi was just a two-year-old. Even before he celebrated his 4th birthday, the Government of India created the Atomic Energy Establishment, Trombay (AEET) on 3 January 1954."
Gudur Narayana Reddy added, "When Modi was just 11 years old, Indian Army liberated Goa from the Portuguese and it was made a Union Territory. A year later, French-ruled Pondicherry (now Puducherry) became part of India as a Union Territory. In 1961, Indian Institutes of Management were established in Calcutta and Ahmedabad. By this year, the country had five IITs at Kharagpur, Bombay, Madras, Kanpur and Delhi."
Gudur Narayana Reddy went on to say: "By the time Modi turned 13, India had built Bhakra Dam on Sutlej River in Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh and the construction of Rihand Dam (Govind Ballabh Pant Sagar) at Pipri in Sonbhadra District in Uttar Pradesh, was also completed and it is India's largest artificial lake."
Gudur Narayana Reddy also pointed out that PM Modi was just 14 years old when Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) was formed on 1st October 1964. A consortium of Hindustan Aircraft Limited and IAF Aircraft Manufacturing Depot, Kanpur were already manufacturing aircraft and helicopters.
Taking a jibe at PM Modi over the Rafale deal controversy, Gudur Narayana Reddy said, "It is the same HAL which was awarded the contract to manufacture Rafale. But, Modi snatched the contract from HAL and gave it to his friend Anil Ambani.
"In 1967, when Modi was about 17 years old, India became self sufficient in the production of wheat and when he was a 19-year-old in 1969, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Tarapur Atomic Power Station became operational generating initial power of 210 MW of electricity," Gudur Narayana Reddy added.
The Congress leader then said: "When Modi turned 21 in 1971, India was fighting its third war with Pakistan. East Pakistan broke away from Pakistan and Bangladesh was born as an independent nation and when Modi turned 24, India conducted peaceful nuclear test at Pokhran in 1974."
He said that India had witnessed the era of liberalisation under the then prime minister PV Narasimha Rao and finance minister Manmohan Singh, who later became the prime minister for two terms from 2004-2014, when Modi was 41 years old.
Mentioning Chandrayan, Mangalyan, GSLV, Mono Rail, Nuclear Sub-Marine, Agni Missile, Chetak, MIG, Arjun Tank, Sukhoi and Dhanush, Gudur Narayana Reddy said India had taken all these initiatives long before Modi became the PM.
Mocking the PM and BJP workers, Gudur Narayana Reddy said: "Modi and his bhakts [party workers ] would not have raised the question '70 Saal Mein Kuch Nahi Huva' if they would have read history," he said.
In reference to the 2016 surgical strikes, Gudur Narayana Reddy said that "United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government did 11 Surgical Strikes without any hype. However, BJP is trying to take credit for the achievements of Indian Army."