Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Feb 13:
Branding both Congress and BJP ‘corrupt’, the national executive member of AAP Yogendra Yadav today exhorted people to opt for alternative politics at the Centre in 2014 elections to help herald a change in the country.
“Election comes after a five-year interval. But, the opportunity to bring about a change in politics does not come often. It is time to change the country and free it of corruption and dynasty politics. We shouldn’t allow such people to be elected in the coming elections,” Yadav said while addressing a rally of party workers here today.
Yadav said while many believe the next elections to be a duel between Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi, the fact is that both the parties are two faces of the same malaise-corruption.
“While Congress is widely known for its corrupt image, Narendra Modi’s dictatorial attitude poses a big threat to democracy. Modi is also a known advocate of the Hindutva, he said, adding choosing between Modi and Gandhi would be like having to choose between the devil and the deep sea.
Sharpening his attack on BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Modi, he referred to his alleged “closeness” with the Adani Group and also questioned his so-called good governance in Gujarat.
“What is the exact relationship between Modi and theAdani group ? What is the role of Modi’s government, which has helped Adani become super rich in just 10 years ? While Indian Air Force asked for land at the same rate as allocated to industries in the state, the Modi government said no. It is only after the Prime Minister intervened that the Gujarat government agreed to give land,” said the AAP leader.
He also attacked the BJP and Modi for remaining silent on the gas pricing which Yadav was one of the biggest frauds in India.
Taking a pot shot at the Congress party, he said the Central government in collusion with Reliance Industries and has allowed it to loot people’s property by manipulating prices of natural gas.
“Now plans are to raise the gas price to USD 8/unit. If the price is raised from April 01, there will be a hike in prices of essential commodities as well,” he said adding that the then Petroleum Minister S Jaipal Reddy was forced to resign for taking on the India’s richest man ( Mukesh Ambani).”
He said the country will lose Rs 50,000 crore annually, if the price of natural gas is raised.
It is to be noted that the AAP government at New Delhi has filed a FIR naming Veerappa Moily, Murli Deora, Mukesh Ambani and head of the government regulator VK Sibal on the gas price issue.