Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar

NEW DELHI: The Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday termed the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government's first year in office as a year of disappointment, corruption and misuse of government machinery.

At a “black day'' rally, organised by BJP's Delhi unit at Jantar Mantar, Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj, asked “what is there to celebrate” on the completion of one year in office by the government.

She said the year gone by was one of betrayal of the common man, who suffered due to price rise, widespread corruption as seen in the 2G scam and of large-scale killings by the naxals.

“We are here to observe a black day. This government has been all about black deeds. So we need to observe the year gone by as a black year. People have been faced with price rise after the polls. The prices of pulses, wheat flour, rice and oil all shot up within weeks of the elections taking place. This was betrayal of the common man by the government,” she said.

Ms. Swaraj also accused the UPA of being ruthless in its policies. “During the discussion on Budget, we demanded that prices be brought down. But the very next day, diesel and petrol prices were increased. The Delhi government later added fuel to the fire by increasing VAT rates and CNG prices.”

Describing the UPA as “Unlimited Problems Alliance,” she said: “All through this year, either the parties supporting it from outside, the alliance partners or the Congress leaders themselves have been giving the alliance a tough time.”