Raipur: On Friday, Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu said the NDA government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi was like a "leech" that was sucking the common man's blood. While addressing to media persons at Rajiv Bhawan, the Congress' state headquarters, here, Sidhu further said public sector firms and banks had suffered massive losses in the past five years due to the wrong policies of the Centre.
"It is written in the Vedas that a government should be like a bhawra (beetle) which sucks nectar from flowers but still it blooms. The Modi government has become a leech that is sucking the blood of the common man. The common man can't even stand," Mr. Sidhu said.
"Public sector companies and banks have suffered massive losses under NDA rule in the last five years due to its wrong policies. The profits of a few capitalists had increased under the Modi government while public sector firms and banks are sinking," he further added.
Mr. Sidhu said, in the last five years, the Centre had increased excise duty on petrol and diesel 16 times, adding that fuel prices were low during the Manmohan Singh-led UPA government despite high international rates of crude. However, under PM Modi's rule, domestic fuel prices are touching the sky high despite low international rates, he said.