As the government continued with its series of press conferences to mark the first 100 days in office, the Congress on Wednesday came out with its report card on the Modi dispensation’s “misrule.”
The Congress indictment of the Modi government faulted it not just on performance but also for breaking promises, hoodwinking people, indulging in sectarian politics, and over-centralisation of power in one man.
The 14-page report card — titled “Truth of the BJP government: 100 days of misrule’ — said Narendra Modi assumed the role of a dream merchant and sold false dreams. “It seems that the BJP continues to be in pre-election mode even today. While nothing concrete has been done in the last more than three months, it has done everything to take credit for the job done by the UPA.”
Elaborating, the Congress said: “Be it the inauguration of a railway line to Vaishno Devi, power plant in Ranchi, commissioning of warships in the Navy, satellite launches or Aadhaar-linked opening of bank accounts, the government till now has only inaugurated and cut ribbons of projects of the previous government.”
Among the promises that the Modi government has broken, the Congress flagged spiralling prices and the U-turn on recovering black money. Referring to the spate of ceasefire violations along the India-Pakistan border and intrusions from China over the past three months, the Congress recalled a speech by Mr. Modi in August 2013 where he said: “ Bharat ke Videsh Mantri ko China jaakar China ke harkaton ke khilaf awaaz uthani chahiye thi, anken lal karke China ko samjhanaa chahiye tha … (India’s Foreign Minister should have gone to China and raised his voice against Chinese mischief.).”
Besides flagging the “doublespeak” of the Prime Minister on communalism, the Congress questioned the government’s commitment to ensuring security for women. “Even as rape incidents spiralled across the country,” senior BJP leaders came out with “insensitive” statements.
“All trivialised rape and insulted women. The response of Mr. Modi to all this has been a resounding silence,” the report card said while underscoring that the “stature of ministers was reduced to that of ciphers” by Mr. Modi.