STATE TIMES NEWS NEW DELHI: Lashing out at Rahul Gandhi , Union Minister for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Dr Jitendra Singh on Wednesday accused the Gandhi scion of using the Citizen Amendment Bill (CAB) to provoke the people of Northeast by issuing misleading and mischievous statements. Dr Jitendra Singh alleged that Congress has lost its support base in the eight States of the North Eastern region and now Rahul Gandhi is looking for crutches with the support of a handful of disgruntled groups to revive its fortunes against the rapidly increasing influence of BJP. However, he said, this game-plan will never succeed because people today are awakened enough not to be taken in by the Congress jugglery, which is why the Congress party has got reduced to its present dismal strength in the Lok Sabha.
In a hard hitting rejoinder to Rahul Gandhi’s statement and Tweet wherein the Congress leader had described “Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB)” as an attempt by Modi-Shah Government to ethnically cleanse the North East and had alleged that it was a criminal attack on the North East, their way of life and idea of India.
Dr Jitendra Singh tweeted “Look, who is talking ! Could somebody tell Mr Rahul Gandhi that, as Prime Minister, Narendra Modi visited North East more than 30 times in his first 5- year term, may be more than the total number of visits by all the Congress Prime Ministers put together in over 50 years. Prime Minister Modi’s outreach bridged the gap created by successive Congress Governments in the past”.
In continuation in the second Tweet, Dr Jitendra Singh made a dig by saying “even though Dr Manmohan Singh was an MP from Assam, yet it was not he but Narendra Modi who, as Prime Minister, travelled to Shillong to attend the North Eastern Council (NEC) Plenary meeting, the last time any PM did that was nearly 40 years ago. That was the extent of criminal neglect suffered under Congress”.
Retorting to Rahul Gandhi’s attack, Dr Jitendra Singh said, “on the contrary Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) brought North East closer to the constitutional ethos of India. Remember, before 2014, several crimes reported against North East youth in other parts of India. The Modi government, in fact, consolidated foundation of our nation by eliminating discriminatory distinctions like mainland, hinterland etc.”
Later, while speaking to media at the Parliament House, Dr Jitendra Singh said that in 2014, the Modi Govt was handed over a Northeast which was a sad reflection of the neglect it had suffered over half a century of Congress rule and claimed that the development witnessed in the last five years is more than what had been witnessed in the last 65 years. It is to be seen to be believed, he said.
Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister of Haryana, Dushyant Chautala called on Dr Jitendra Singh and paid his regards during his maiden meeting after the formation of the new government in Haryana.
Chautala also discussed with Dr Jitendra Singh some of the issues of immediate concern in the State of Haryana and sought cooperation for the same.
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