Communist Party of India (CPI) leader D. Raja on Friday criticised Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for attacking Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Independence Day, saying one can be critical, but one shouldn't go beyond a point.
“Modi should have outlined their party’s (BJP's) policies, rather than attacking the PM. One can be critical, but shouldn't go beyond a point. He should have spoken in more mature and dignified manner,” Raja said.
“Independence Day does not belong to one party or one government. It belongs to the people and it is a moment of joy and celebration,” he said.
“ Modi should have addressed the people of Gujarat “in a dignified manner explaining what his government has done or wants to do,” he added.
Modi on Thursday dubbed the Prime Minister’s speech as uninspiring, and accused him of taking a soft stand against Pakistan despite the recent ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC).
Addressing the people of Gujarat on the occasion of Independence Day in Bhuj, Modi pointed out the failures of the UPA Government, especially with regard to the Prime Minister's omission of making a strong statement against Pakistan during his Red Fort Independence Day address.
Describing the Prime Minister's address as a 'disappointment', Modi alleged that Dr. Singh's speech mimicked that of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru's on the country's first Independence Day, and questioned what the Congress had done if our problems still remain the same.
"The Prime Minister echoed the concerns that Pandit Nehru expressed at his first address. The question, then is, that what have you done in the last 60 years?" Modi said.;
"I challenge the Prime Minister to an open debate on all key issues," Modi added.