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Digvijay asks Modi not to play politics on Food Security Bill

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Congress Leader Digvijay Singh. Photo: R.V. Moorthy
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Congress Leader Digvijay Singh. Photo: R.V. Moorthy

Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh on Monday asked Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi to stop playing politics over the UPA government’s food security programme.

Reacting to Mr. Modi’s criticism of the Food Security Ordinance, Mr. Digvijay said it is “intended merely to ensure that food reached the poor.”

“This was the main purpose of the Ordinance and it would be good if Mr. Modi does not do any politics on it,” the Congress leader told reporters at the Raja Bhoj Airport this morning before going to New Delhi.

Attacking the UPA government over issuing the ordinance in a hurry, Mr. Modi had on Sunday said “people are not getting two square meals a day. So, they have brought a law, irrespective of whether it is possible or not to give food to poor...to give the people a piece of paper containing a law that they will get food as a matter of right.”

Mr. Modi also accused the Congress of hiding behind a veil of secularism to cover its failures.

However, Mr. Digvijay said while his party’s definition of secularism was very clear, but that of the BJP continued to be ambiguous.

“Under the Congress definition, secularism means one religion, one country and one culture but we do not know what exactly is the BJP’s definition of it,” he said.

Mr. Singh said BJP veteran L.K. Advani’s definition of secularism did not tally with that of the Sangh Parivar.

He said religion should not have any place in politics and it should never be used for garnering votes.

To a question regarding a picture of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan recently clicked with yoga guru Baba Ramdev, Mr. Singh alleged that Baba Ramdev had a fake degree, he was using fake medicines for curing people and was under investigation by the CBI for the murder of his own guru Shanker Dev.

“Under such circumstances, Chouhan has demeaned himself by allowing himself to be seen with Baba Ramdev,” he said.

Fod security bill is nothing but a electoral gimmick.If they set right the public distribution
system and stop wattage of food grains in the FCI godowns No bill is necessary.

from:  Wizboxyenda
Posted on: Jul 17, 2013 at 05:58 IST

All of us want Roti (Bread), Kapda (Clothes) and Makan (Home). Due to
improper government policies the economy is so destabilized that it
has become a dream to have a full lunch in a day for a poor man.
Besides for him it is difficult to buy clothes and impossible to buy a
home in the prevailing conditions. Even a person who does job, can not
survive as the price rise is many many times than a annual increment
of a few hundred. The import export is also hampered. The Gold and
Silver also have affected. The equity market is also affected. Under
these circumstances, can the Food Bill help all the citizens to get
free snacks, free lunch and free dinner? Our Economist PM has failed
on all the fronts in curbing the price rise.

from:  Jayesh Shah
Posted on: Jul 15, 2013 at 21:54 IST

Digvijay's should advise Congress not to play politics over policies.
The Indian public knows well the truth. If anybody criticize the ruling
party it should pay attention to the content of the criticism first
before being reactionaries in their attempt to demonize the opposition.

from:  Asokan Vengassery
Posted on: Jul 15, 2013 at 14:59 IST

No more bills please !!!
We need strong anticorruption law first, to save these bills ....

from:  vinay
Posted on: Jul 15, 2013 at 14:59 IST

Do we need law for getting food/meal ?
Is it not human right to live in this country ?
Do we need making law to get the food ?
Is it sure after law we get the food ?
Are all the previous bills of govt is doing well ?
What are the necessary steps taken in bills to secure from scam/corruption ?
Are there any strong punishable law mentioned in this bills for corrupt ministers/authority ?
Are the bills made over assumptions or any govt authorities have worked on test run ?
What are the disaster plan in this bill, if failed ?

from:  vinay
Posted on: Jul 15, 2013 at 14:53 IST

Mr Digvijay Singh, If secularism means one religion, one country and one
culture, then why is that Congress promises and offers reservations to
various communities at the time of elections. Like your colleague Mr
Salman Khurshid promised to get reservations to muslims during the last
UP elections. As did YS Rajasekhar Reddy in AP elections.

from:  K C S Reddy
Posted on: Jul 15, 2013 at 14:32 IST
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