Karnataka win gave the country a direction to "expose" BJP: Manish Tewari

Mumbai: Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari on Friday said Karnataka assembly polls results has given a cue to the people to "expose" BJP while voting in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

Addressing a press conference at the Mumbai Congress office, Tewari said Karnataka had "given a direction to the rest of the country to expose the double standards" of BJP which has made democracy dysfunctional by stopping crucial legislations like the food security, land accquisition, pension and insurance bills.

Manish Tewari. PTI

Manish Tewari. PTI

Accusing BJP of preventing debate on the Food Security Bill, Tewari charged the main opposition party had disrupted Parliament to cover up for its "misdeeds" in Karnataka. "But, people of the state intervened decisively supporting the Congress," he added.

He said Congress will provide a stable, transparent government in Karnataka and will ensure the state's natural resources are not plundered.

Asked about NCP President and Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar's comments that the Karnataka poll results cannot be regarded as a trend for UPA for 2014 elections, he said Karnataka gave a cue to defeat BJP and it was only Congress which can provide a stable government.

To another question about Pawar's opposition to the food security legislation, he said the bill is being supported by all allies.

Replying to a question on the burden on the state exchequer due to subsidies, the minister said budgetary provision has been made in the current budget.

Replying to a query on how 67 per cent of the population will be benefitted when 35 per cent of the population is under BPL, he said the scope and magnitude of the bill extends beyond BPL.

To a question on whether the government plans an ordinance on food security, Tewari said "all options are open" and criticised BJP for not allowing discussion and passage of the bill in the just-concluded budget session of Parliament.

Asked about the possibility of snap polls, Tewari said UPA-II will complete its term and Lok Sabha polls will be held on schedule in 2014. "Existing allies will stay while new ones may join in," he said.

Tewari said Congress was fighting upcoming assembly elections in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi on its own.

He said UPA had provided political stability to the country, ensured communal harmony prevailed.

"Internal security situation has improved and there has been economic development despite recession worldwide. Similarly, international relations have improved. "there have been very few problems and action has been taken wherever necessary," he said.

On if Railway minister Pawan kumar Bansal and Law Minister Ashwini Kumar will resign, Tewari said the investigations are on in the railway scandal and it should be allowed to culminate. The case related to the Law Minister is under consideration of the highest court, he added.

Tewari accused BJP of playing politics over CAG reports, which had resulted in washout of parliament sessions since 2010. Yesterday, the Supreme Court judgement said CAG reports are not gospel truths and were subject to approval of the Public accounts committee (PAC) and Parliament.

Asked about the corporate world's support for Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra MOdi, Tewari said there was fascination for a man in Germany in 1930 and the consequences were disastrous for the world.


Updated Date: May 10, 2013 19:21 PM

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