Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday lashed out at the Congress for wearing black dresses on August 5 in protest against price rise, saying those who believe in "black magic" will never be able to win the trust of people again.

Dedicating the second-generation ethanol plant worth Rs 900 crore here, the Prime Minister also attacked certain opposition parties for engaging in politics of freebies, saying such things would only do a disservice to the nation as it hampers investment in new technology.

"On August 5, we saw how some people tried to spread 'black magic'. These people think that by wearing black clothes they can end their

despondency. But they do not know that by engaging in witchcraft, black magic and superstition, they cannot earn the trust of people again," Modi said.

The Congress protested against rising prices on August 5 by wearing black clothes in Parliament in New Delhi. Ever since many state Congress units have been wearing black in protest. In Himachal, Congress legislators on Wednesday wore black bands in the monsoon session as a mark of protest against inflation, unemployment, and corruption. In Puducherry too Opposition Congress and DMK legislators arrived wearing black clothes to protest against Lt Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan on the first day of Budget Session.
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