Published:September 2, 2017 1:53 pm
Prime Minister Narendra Modi believes in the “complete concentration of power” which has “effectively destroyed” the Cabinet shape of govt, the Congress these days mentioned, forward of a reshuffle in the Council of ministers. Congress senior spokesperson Anand Sharma mentioned the reshuffle would make no distinction to the federal government as there was once lack of skill in the Council of ministers.
“I don’t see much talent that he has,” he mentioned. While the reshuffle, slated to be hung on Sunday, was once the prerogative of the high minister, it might make “zero difference”, he mentioned.
“He may appoint anyone and remove anyone and change any portfolios but will make a zero difference because this is the prime minister who believes in the complete concentration of power,” Sharma advised newshounds right here. The former Union minister mentioned there was once a Cabinet shape of govt in the rustic, however questioned if it was once “functioning like one”.
He mentioned key ministries for greater than 3 years had been with out a Cabinet minister, which, he added, had by no means came about. “Why? So that all policy papers which originate from the Cabinet minister’s signature are prepared in the PMO. This is what he was doing as the chief minister of Gujarat. That is exactly what he is doing now to India,” he mentioned. The Congress chief claimed the Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) had “from day one virtually been done away with”, despite the fact that, he mentioned, it existed on paper.
These had been direct orders from the PMO, he mentioned, “until he was reminded that the word ‘committee’ means two people, more than one. So, the Home Minister was included”. Modi, he added, had “effectively destroyed” the Cabinet shape of govt.
“No Cabinet minister including the powerful Finance minister moves a Cabinet note. He is not a member of the ACC. The Defence minister is not a Member of the ACC,” he mentioned. Asked in regards to the ongoing RSS meet in Vrindavan, Sharma mentioned the outfit nonetheless didn’t have “the character and courage” to mention it was once the “parent political party” of the BJP.
Calling the RSS an “octopus” with many affiliated our bodies, the Congress chief mentioned the RSS claimed to constitute India’s tradition and Hinduism, however had a political ideology. “The people, the majority community, to which many of us belong, including myself, have never given the RSS or the BJP the right to represent the Hindus of this country,” he mentioned.
Though the RSS mentioned it was once a social and cultural frame, no choice was once taken in the BJP or in the federal government with out the RSS’s approval, Sharma claimed. “They should stand up and own that, yes, we control the political decision making of the BJP and the policy making,” he mentioned.
Asked in regards to the chance of 21 Congress MLAs of Bihar leaving the celebration, Sharma mentioned the Congress Legislature Party in Bihar was once intact. “There is no danger. Yes, efforts had been made, which divulge the unprincipled politics of the BJP and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. They have failed, and the Congress Party will proceed to withstand any makes an attempt to weaken its celebration or the Legislature celebration,” he mentioned.
On Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh assembly Congress President Sonia Gandhi, he mentioned it was once “normal” for Congress CMs to fulfill the Congress leader. Sharma added that the Congress Party was once united in Himachal Pradesh.