Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched into the opposition, especially Congress party, for questioning and doubting the integral institutions of the country like the Election Commission, Army and Supreme Court during his address in the Lok Sabha.
Referring to the news report which suggested that senior leaders of UPA II, under the Manmohan Singh government, had tried to manufacture a fake claim regarding 'army coup' by the then COAS VK Singh, PM Modi accused the grand old party of trying to destroy the image and reputation of a premier institution like the army.
"Stories were being manufactured. For political gains, they tried to malign the army. Even if there was a weak PM, weak govt, coalition govt, single-party govt, the army has never ever attempted a coup. This was a really wrong thing to do. You (Congress) tried to put a blot on the image of the Army chief by saying that he was planning a coup," said the Prime Minister.
In the recent past, the opposition has questioned the usage of EVM, terming it as a technology which 'can be hacked'. Further, they have also raised doubts over the judgments and orders by the Supreme Court on matters like the Rafale.
And PM Modi highlighted these very facts to bash the Congress while also reminding the opposition party of their behavior with institutions like the Planning Commission.
"India's EC is regarded across the world. Even if there are small problems, everyone accepts the final verdict of the EC. Will you destroy their reputation? Same is for the EVM. The country is talking about budget, but they complain about EVM. What has happened to you? Congress threatens the Supreme Court. It has never happened. We respect the SC, even if they give the right or wrong decision, because institution needs to be saved. But will you do anything if the decision goes against you? This is the Congress party which called the Planning Commission 'group of jokers'. Is this how you respect the institutions?" PM Modi added.