PM Refers To Rajiv Gandhi's Comment To Target Congress Over Corruption

PM Refers To Rajiv Gandhi's Comment To Target Congress Over Corruption

VARANASI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi referred to a comment made by Rajiv Gandhi to target the Congress over corruption.

Without naming the former prime minister, PM Modi alluded to Rajiv Gandhi's comment that only 15 paise of Re 1 reaches masses and said the Congress government had done nothing to stop the leakage."You must have heard of an ex-prime minister talking of corruption. He said only 15 per cent of a rupee from Delhi reaches villages and that 85 paise disappears. For so many years, the party that ruled the country accepted this," PM Modi said.

"Unfortunately, after their rule, they did not try to stop leakage. They accepted the sickness... People kept giving taxes but 85 paise loot still happened," the prim minister said. He was speaking in his Lok Sabha constituency of Varanasi at an event to mark the Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas.

"Rs. 4,50,000 crore would have vanished from Rs. 5,80,000 crore transferred to people if the Congress system was not changed," PM Modi said.

PM Modi described overseas Indians as India's brand ambassadors and said they were the symbols of the country''s capabilities. The prime minister was inaugurating the 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas convention in Varanasi.

"I consider NRIs India's brand ambassadors. They are the symbols of our capacities and capabilities," he told the gathering.

"People of Indian origin are in leadership roles in countries such as Mauritius, Portugal and Ireland," he said.

PM Modi had attacked the Congress in the past too over Rajiv Gandhi's comment. "Wasn't there money available before? (Road Transport and Highways) Department before? Engineers before? And people's demand before? Yet it didn't happen. Why? That's because, as one of the Congress Prime Ministers said, only 15 paise out of every rupee spent on development reached the villages," he had said in September last year in Chhattisgarh.