Hyderabad: Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday alleged that by not allowing Parliament to function, Congress was not stopping the Narendra Modi government but "creating hurdles" in the country's development.
"You (Congress) are reduced to 40 seats in the Lok Sabha. You don't know what to do and don't allow Parliament to function. You are not allowing the Goods and Services Tax and real estate bill to pass and even stall efforts to reform the labour laws," he said, addressing a public meeting ahead of civic polls here.
"You are not stopping Modi, but creating hurdles in the development of this country. You are causing loss to the poor people. Congress should know this and I am hopeful that the party will realise it shortly," the Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister said. "NDA government is doing good work. The country is progressing. Market is also picking up and there will be more measures for welfare of the poor," Venkaiah said.
"Good days ('achche din') have come and better days are ahead. Congress asked where are the good days. I said there are no good days for you, but bad days," he said, adding, people gave Congress the mandate to sit in the opposition, "but you are not ready".
Over Congress' attacks on Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Venkaiah said, RSS means "Ready for Selfless Service".
"RSS is the most upright and patriotic organisation in the country. We are all proud (of it). Yes, we were all brought up by RSS and that is why we got this character, calibre, conduct, discipline, dynamism and devotion," the senior BJP leader said.
He also said Congress, which had followed "divisive and vote-bank agenda" and encouraged parties such as MIM and Muslim League, has no "moral right" to criticise RSS.
"We in BJP believe in unity and integrity of the country. People have come to Hyderabad from different parts of the country and all are Hyderabadis. No one is a settler here and all are Indians," Venkaiah said.
"Some people" have no objection to those entering the country illegally from Bangladesh and Pakistan, he said, adding, some people sympathise with Yakub Memon and Ajmal Kasab. "They have love for IS and hatred for RSS because it speaks for the nation, and this is the irony of this country," the senior BJP leader said. On Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) chief and local MP, Asaduddin Owaisi's recent remark that Muslims in the city may face ban on beef if his party didn't come to power, Venkaiah said, MIM didn't want development and only used religion to incite people. Only BJP has the courage to fight MIM, the Union minister added.