The Congress on Sunday released a seven-point ‘chargesheet’ against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government which has now completed seven years in power.
In a virtual press conference, the party general secretary Randeep Surjewala accused the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of reversing all economic gains made by the Congress led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, insensitive treatment of the farmers, inept handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and failing to protect the nation against threats from China.
In accordance with the ‘chargesheet’ by main Opposition party, the Modi government was the weakest government India had had in 73 years.
“When the UPA government demitted office in 2014, the GDP was 8.1%… Even before the pandemic hit in 2019-20 the GDP had fallen to 4.2%. In the first quarter of the 2020-21, the GDP was down to minus 24.1% and in the second quarter it’s now minus 7.5%. It’s estimated that in 2020-21 the GDP will probably be near minus 8%,” Surjewala told reporters.
Whereas raising the issue of unemployment, he stated: “in seven years they should have provided 14 crore jobs. Neglect about 14 crore jobs, the unemployment rate is on a 45-year high.”
“Petrol is selling at ₹100 per litre whereas mustard oil at ₹200 per litre. The LPG cylinders are at ₹809 per. The rate of pulses is also skyrocketing,” Congress leader added.
Surjewala also slammed the saffron party government for its insensitive attitude towards the farmers. He alleged that the Narendra Modi government wanted big corporations to replace the small farmers.
Whereas talking about the World Bank report that claimed that throughout the UPA years 27 crore individuals overcame excessive poverty whereas the PEW Analysis Centre in 2020 stated center class had shrunk in India with almost 3.20 crore individuals being pushed off the grid, Congress chief stated that the present “authorities isn’t in opposition to poverty, they’re in opposition to the poor.”
Congress reiterated its earlier allegation that the China continued to “occupy the Indian territory with impunity in Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh.”
Relating to coronavirus circumstances and vaccination, he asks: “Will the Modi authorities clarify why there’s a paucity of vaccines? And if there have been no vaccines for us then why have been 6.63 crore vaccines despatched to the opposite international locations.”