Congress unable to digest its Lok Sabha defeat, says PM Narendra Modi

New Delhi(PTI): Responding strongly to attacks on him by Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday implied that she wielded real power during the UPA rule as an “extra-constitutional” authority whereas his government was run only by constitutional means.

Dismissing the Congress President’s accusation that NDA government was showing “obstinate arrogance” in Parliament and that it was a government by “one person”, Modi said, “Perhaps, she is referring to the fact that earlier extra-constitutional authorities were the ones really wielding power”.

He went on to say that power was now “wielded only by constitutional means”. If the charge is that “we are working through constitutional channels and not listening to any extra constitutional authorities, then I plead guilty to that charge.”

The Prime Minister spoke about the attacks on him by Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, the land acquisition and GST bills, criticism of his foreign tours, “concentration” of power in PMO, reforms and a wide variety of other topics in an interview to PTI.

Hitting back at Rahul for his “suit-boot ki sarkar” jibe, Modi said that the Congress had not been able to “digest” its crushing defeat in Lok Sabha polls even after one year.

“The people have punished them for their sins of omission and comission. We thought they would learn from this, but it looks as though they are proving right the earlier saying that if con is the opposite of pro, then Congress is the opposite of progress,” he said.

Commenting on the controversy of Greenpeace India, he said, “No action has been taken contrary to the law and no patriotic citizen can object to this.”

After Rahul Gandhi attacked the Modi government on land bill in his rally today in Thiruvananthapuram, PM Modi said, “Any suggestions on land bill favouring the poor, the farmer and villages will be accepted by the government. Passage of both GST and the proposed Land Acqusition laws is a matter of time.”

While the opposition ridiculed his frequent foreign visits, PM Modi has said that they are nothing but baseless allegations.