Have had enough Mann ki Baat, need to listen to what people want: Scindia

The Congress party’s chief whip in the Lok Sabha, Jyotiraditya Scindia, lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government, which completed four years in office earlier this week, saying the current regime had undone the economic gains of the United Progressive Alliance government.

“It is not about liberal economy or socialism but liberal economy and socialism,” Scindia said. “The Congress model for 10 years was India realising its full (economic) potential and the excess revenue being used to create not islands but oceans of development,” the Congress leader said in response on a question related to the economic policies of the present government.

Scindia was speaking at a panel discussion titled, ‘India at 71: Hits and misses’ following the release of Congress lawmaker and senior lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi’s book of writings ‘Straight Talk’. “We have had enough Mann ki Baat…There is a need to listen to what the people want,” the Guna MP said, taking a dig at the PM’s monthly radio address. He said the last session of Parliament had seen “disruptions fomented by the government for the first time”.

Former finance minister P Chidambaram said the Congress, through a series of “hits and misses”, had managed to turn India into a liberal democracy but “this is no longer a liberal economy”. Others present in the discussion were DMK lawmaker Kanimozhi and TMC leader Dinesh Trivedi, while HRD minister Prakash Javadekar did not attend the discussion as scheduled. “This would have been a very secular panel if Javadekar-ji had attended,” Scindia said, when asked by moderator Barkha Dutt about the definition of secularism in the current political context. “It is alright for us to agree to disagree,” he added.