New Delhi: Dubbing Congress as a party of "capitalists and middlemen", BJP chief Nitin Gadkari on Friday ridiculed the Planning Commission's Rs 32 per day poverty cap and asked the Prime Minister and Congress chief to "show the way" by living on the meagre amount for a day.
He accused the UPA Government of not focusing on issues related to 44 crore poor people in the country, especially labourers who have no shelter and food.
"I want to ask Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi what have they done for the poor. They keeping talking about uplift of under-privileged but nothing happens on the ground. The Planning Commission says that persons consuming items worth more than Rs 32 per day in urban areas are not poor," he said.
The BJP chief said a Govt which questions the court's direction cannot claim to fight for the rights of poor people.
He was addressing a rally organised by the Bharatiya Janata Mazdoor Mahasangh in New Delhi demanding BPL status for all labourers in the country.
"Can anyone live with Rs 32 in a city and Rs 26 in rural areas? With the inflation increasing day by day, people are not able to eat even one meal a day. Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh should show the way how to live in that meagre amount," he said.
Alleging that Congress was responsible for the 2G spectrum scam, he sai, "It is not a party of poor, it is a party of capitalists and middlemen. They don't fight for the poor."
Referring to Supreme Court's order on free distribution of foodgrains to the poor instead of allowing it to rot in godowns, he said a government which questions the court's direction cannot claim to fight for the rights of poor people.
After uproar over the BPL cap, the Planning Commission had said that a new methodology will be worked out to determine entitlements of beneficiaries under various schemes for poor.