NEW DELHI: Congress MP Manickam Tagore has written to Lok Sabha Speaker alleging that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP MP Anurag Thakur made “grossly misleading and factually incorrect” remarks in the House. Tagore has requested Speaker Om Birla to take note of the remarks and initiate appropriate action against them.
Tagore has in his letter flagged that Prime Minister Modi in his reply to the motion of thanks to the President’s Address on July 2 in Lok Sabha had said that the Congress vote share has gone down in 16 states where it contested on its own.Tagore in his letter has challenged this citing it to be “factually incorrect and sharing that Congress vote share increased in HP, Uttarakhand, Karnataka, Telangana etc.”
Tagore also highlighted that the PM said that the Congress made a false promise of Rs 8,500 per month to women. On this the Congress MP points out this was a promise made by the party if it would have won and formed the govt at the Centre.
The Congress MP from Virudhunagar in Tamil Nadu and AICC incharge of Andhra Pradesh further cited the “no bullet proof jackets for the Army during the Congress’ time” remark of the PM as “grossly misleading”. “There was a shortage of jackets, not that jackets were not there. Even police had bullet proof jackets like in the Mumbai attacks,” Tagore said.
He also refuted the PM’s claim that the “Congress did not give fighter jets to the Army”. “We had Jaguar, Mig 29, SU- 30, Mirage 2000,” he said.
Tagore also highlighted alleged inaccuracies in certain parts of BJP MP Anurag Thakur’s July 1 speech in the Lok Sabha where the latter claimed that the Army was not given arms and fighter jets when the Congress was in govt.
“We had Jaguar, Mig 29, SU- 30, Mirage 2000….We had nuclear bombs, missiles like Agni, Prithvi, Aakash, Nag, Trishul and later Brahmos,” Tagore asserted.
On Thakur’s remarks that 25 crore people have been lifted above the poverty line, Tagore has alleged that this was “factually incorrect”.
On the remarks that PM has not taken a single holiday, Tagore has asked “which category of leave is taken for election campaigns.”