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Cong reserved democracy as right of only one family: Patra

Press Trust of India  |  Patna 

today countered senior Mallikarjuna Kharge's claim that the party "preserved" in the country, and said it, instead, "reserved" as the right of only one family.

Kharge had yesterday said in that "a chaiwala like him (Narendra Modi) could become because we preserved "

Mocking the leader's statement, Patra, on his maiden visit to Patna, said, "Kharge jee, you did not preserve the democracy, you reserved it as the right of only one family. carried the democracy as a legacy of a family. First, it was Nehru, then Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, and now "

He said that the Congress followed the "policy of preservation" in order to "promote" only one family.

"Democracy is no pickle of Gandhi family that by applying masala of Emergency, you can preserve democracy," the said.

Patra said democracy in has been strengthened due to the contribution of many people including leaders of the BJP and Jan Sangha, especially during the Emergency.

On the Union Cabinet's recent decision to fix MSP at 1.5 times of the cost of production, he said the government took a decision in the farmers' interest, drawing a parallel with the UPA regime by citing the example of paddy (general category).

The MSP of paddy (general category) was Rs 1,310 per quintal in 2013-14 during the UPA regime, which was increased to Rs 1,550 per quintal two years ago. Now, it has been raised to Rs 1,750 per quintal which is an increase of Rs 440 per quintal in the past four years, Patra said.

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First Published: Mon, July 09 2018. 16:35 IST