NEW DELHI — The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday said there was no need for it to respond to Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi's comment on the government's Make in India initiative.
Charging the Congress Party with destroying the country, BJP spokesman Sambit Patra said, "Those who have destroyed India, best advice to them would be not to morally comment on 'Make in India'. We can understand that after a long vacation, Rahul Gandhi will not exactly know the concept of 'Make in India' and it is for the poor of India."
Nalin Kohli, another spokesman of the BJP, said, "Rahul Gandhi is known for travelling in regular intervals, these are good photo opportunities. But the larger questions remains, what is the objective and what are the achievements."
"Whenever the Congress has been in government, they haven't done anything. And when they are asked about their own performances, they run away; they only look at it as a photo opportunity and they look at it as an occasion to ask question and somehow remain politically relevant," he added.
Earlier, Rahul Gandhi said, "The Prime Minister talks about 'Make in India'. Who contributes more than the farmers from Punjab in 'Make in India'? The poor contributes to 'Make in India', isn't that 'Make in India'? The Central Government should help out the farmers."
"Farmers are the back bone of India. Wherever there is injustice towards the farmers, I will go there, listen to their problems and understand their pain," he added.
Gandhi arrived in Punjab by train on Tuesday, and after meeting farmers of Mandi Gobindgarh, said that the Land Acquisition Bill introduced by the NDA Government is meant to snatch the land away from the farmers to benefit industrialists.
"I do not know what the government is doing, it is being run by the industrialists and those who make this nation have been ignored. That is why I have come here. The law is being made to snatch the land away from farmers, to benefit the industrialists. The land belongs to farmers and will always be with them," he said.
"Farmers of Punjab give their sweat and blood, and food to the nation, and when they need help there is no one to help them. They are not getting the right price, there was hailstorm here and they have not got compensation for that," he added.
The Congress vice-president's visit to Punjab comes at a time when farmers in the region have blamed the government for tardy wheat procurement.