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Cong fulfilling Gandhiji's dream of disbandment: Mungantiwar


Press Trust of India Mumbai
Senior BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar Saturday said the Congress, with its criticism of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was fulfilling Mahatma Gandhi's wish that the opposition party be disbanded.
He said the Congress had coined terms like "maut ka saudagar". "khoon ka dalal" for the PM and also said made casteist slurs.
Speaking to reporters at the state BJP office, Mungantiwar, also Maharashtra finance minister, said, "Mahatma Gandhi was of the firm view that the Congress was meant only to attain freedom and not for power (and hence should be disbanded post Independence)."

"Today, the Congress, under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi is working to fulfil the Mahatma's dream through self-annihilation with its criticism of the Prime Minister," he claimed.
Mocking the Congress for releasing a booklet detailing "100 mistakes" of PM Modi and calling him Shishupal, a mythological character in the Mahabharata, Mungantiwar said the opposition party was playing the "same cassette" since 1952.
"If one looks at newspaper archives for speeches of Congress leaders during the 1952 elections, it would seem Rahul Gandhi is repeating those same lines. If they talk about unemployment, poverty, what were they doing in the decades when they were in power?" Mungantiwar questioned.
He further said, instead of releasing 100 mistakes of Modi, people of the state would have been happy had the Congress shown 100 works done by them since 1960, when Maharashtra first went to polls.
In its booklet, the Congress has alleged that the dream of "acche din" had collapsed in every sector, adding that the common man was taken for a ride with such promises.
Answering a question on the renomination of Kirit Somaiya from the Mumbai North East Lok Sabha seat, he said the state leadership had sent its recommendation and a final decision on the seat would be taken soon.
Replying to another query, the minister said Rs 24,000 crore has been approved for loan waiver of 51 lakh eligible farmers.
"Though I do not have exact figures, around Rs 16,095 crore has already been disbursed and about Rs 4,000 crore is in the process. The remaining money will be disbursed once the technicalities are sorted out," Mungantiwar said.

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First Published: Mar 30 2019 | 8:45 PM IST

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