Mangaluru: Union Minister of Urban Development of India, Venkaiah Naidu held a press meet at the conference hall, Mangalore International Airport here, on January 20.
Speaking to the mediapersons, Naidu said, “Our political opponents are leading a massive disinformation campaign. During any elections, they rake up or invent issues and carry the disinformation further.”
“The opponents have a 4D formula, Disinform people, Delay the bills in assembly, Disrupt the parliament and Defame the Prime Minister. We on the other hand have a 1D formula, only Development,” he said.
He said that the ruling party inherited a bad economy and deficits in fiscal, revenue, current account, trade and trust of the people. “Now the economy is moving forward. The World Bank said that India is the most preferred destination for investment. The Asian Development Bank and International Monetary Fund have a similar opinion,” he said.
“The economy of the world has slowed down and that of China is moving in the negative direction, but Indian economy is moving forward. International investment in India has given economic growth, provided jobs and accelerated development in the nation,” Naidu said.
Naidu further said that Congress party and Communist party wanted to delay important legislation’s like GST, Real Estate Development bill and many other progressive reform oriented bills. “GST bill was introduced by the Congress party in 2008, but due certain objection, it was referred to an empowered ministers committee. It was first read by the then Finance Minister (FM) of West Bengal, Asim Dasgupta, a communist, later it was read by FM of Bihar, Sushil Kumar Modi and by the then FM of Kashmir and by KM Mani, the FM of Kerala. All of them recommended GST and suggested some changes,” he said.
Naidu said that GST was implemented in 116 countries which reduced tax in the long term, corruption and harassment and was a progressive reform. “The committee had made its recommendation and the bill was passed by the Lok Sabha, then it went to Rajya Sabha, where Congress said ‘recommend it to Select Committee.’ There is no need as once its recommended by the Scanning Committee and then by Lok Sabha, the Rajya Sabha just has to discuss it and decide. But we said yes and forwarded it to the Select Committee. The bill came back from the committee and then, they applied the formula of delay, disinform, disrupt, defame,” he added.
Naidu further said that the opposition did not want Narendra Modi to succeed. “They think that they are failing Narendra Modi, but they are actually failing the nation,” he said. He said that they had a meeting with Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh, Where Sonia Gandhi had raised three issues with the bill of which two were addressed and explained by the Finance Minister. “One issue pertaining to tax cap was not addressed. Tax cap is having a fixed tax which can’t be reduced or increased without amending the constitution and no other country in the world has a tax cap clause. The bill given by Chidambaram didn’t had a tax cap clause, then why do they want it now?” he said.
Naidu said that the Congress party brought up new issues which have failed so far. Speaking about the Hyderabad Dalit student, Rohith Vemula’s suicide issue he said, “It was a tragic incident and Rohit has sacrificed his life. In his suicide note, he didn’t blame or name anybody. But without knowing what was written by Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya or knowing what is done by Smriti Irani, they are demanding resignation from the ministers. This is cheap politics.”
“Protesting against hanging of Yakub Memon, a terrorist and antinational will not serve the nations interests. 9 students committed suicide in the university during the congress rule, Rahul Gandhi did not find time to come and visit the university then. When these incidents happened, you were silent and now you are violent, you open your mouth selectively,” he said. The opposition was trying to score cheap political points. It was a systematic plan and strategy to defame the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, divert the attention of the people and arouse vote bank politics.
He said that the Modi government wanted to bring reforms to the nation with various schemes for development of the economy and provide people with social security. “19.2 crore new bank accounts have been opened, this is never heard in the history of the world. Rs 92000 crores are distributed to the economically backward class through MUDRA Bank scheme, the aim is to provide them with Rs 1.25 lakh crores by March,” he said. “Every initiative taken by the Prime Minister has received wide appreciation,” he added.
Naidu said that the PM wanted to bring national integration by holding meetings in various places. “This cannot be digested by them and that is why they are using their 4D formula,” he said.
He said that it is up to the experts to decide if Mangaluru will be one of the first 20 Smart Cities. “In the first year there will be 20 smart cities , followed by 40 each in the next consecutive years,” he said.
MP Nalin Kumar Kateel and other BJP leaders were also present.