Randeep Singh Surjewala

Modi government ‘betrayed’ people, only focuses on campaign: Congress

New Delhi, May 26 (IANS) The Congress on Thursday accused the Modi government of betraying the people on various issues including employment, better administration, proper cost on farmers’ crops and control on the prices of petrol and diesel and on matters of national security.

Addressing a press conference on the occasion of the NDA government completing four years in office, Congress Spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said: “Modi spends Rs 4,600 crore on advertisement indulging in perpetual campaign without understanding people’s pain.

In four years, Surjewala alleged that Modi accumulated publicity but India only accumulated pain. “We saw suit and boot, loot and scoot but farmers bear pain acute. Dalits suffer force brute. Entire BJP mindset bring this repute. Youth betrayed. Don’t persecute, don’t prosecute,” he said.

Surjewala said the people believed that the government would get back black money from abroad, better administration and national security, better cost on farmers’ crops, employment for the youths and control on the prices of petrol and diesel but they were betrayed on all these fronts.

Surjewala summed up Modi government’s rule saying, “treachery, trickery, revenge and lies are the four words that define Modi government’s four years.”

Congress General Secretary Ashok Gehlot said unemployment has increased during the BJP rule. The party cited labour bureau statistics in the booklet to say that the BJP-led Union government created only 4.16 lakh jobs in 2016-17 against Modi’s promise of creating 2 crore jobs per year.

Gehlot attacked Prime Minister, saying “no other Prime Minister has ever lowered down the dignity of the post of PM like Modi.”

Releasing a booklet titled “India Betrayed…In Four Years Of BJP’s Misrule”, the Congress party said that the agriculture sector remained stressed during the past four years as farmers did not receive the minimum support price for their produce.

The party said lowest ever agriculture growth under Modi government 1.9 per cent was witnessed in last four years as compared to 4.2 per cent under Congress between 2004-2014. It said doubling farmers income by the year 2022 is a “Jumla” as Compound Annual Growth Rate is 2.5 per cent against the required 10.4 per cent.

Tragically, 35 farmers are driven to suicide in every 24 hours, said the party, adding Modi government refuses to ‘waive farm loans’.

It said Maharashtra BJP government promises loan waiver to 89 lakh farmers but denies benefits to nearly 30 lakh in garb of Aadhaar linked forms. In BJP ruled Uttar Pradesh, 11,700 farmers get loan waiver of pittance of Rs 1 to Rs 500. The Congress accused the government, saying companies profiteer Rs 14,828 crore from PM’s “Fasal Bima Yojana” but farmers get paid only Rs 5,650 crore.

Citing an Reserve Bank of India (RBI) report, the Congress said that Rural Wage Growth dips from 38 per cent in 2014 to 0 per cent in 2018, MGNREGA work days drops from 45 days in 2014 to 16.3 days in 2018 and that 99 per cent of NREGA wages remain unpaid in April 2018.

Mentioning a date of HSR research, the Congress said there are 56,000 layoffs in IT sector while 90,000 in Telecome sector and alleged the government that nearly seven lakh low skill workers of IT sector stand to lose their jobs by 2022.

The party accused the BJP government for not taking any education policy in last four years despite collecting Rs 1,60,786.85 crore in “Education Cess”.

It said PM Modi promised to bring back 80 lakh crore black money in 100 days and deposit Rs 15 lakh in every Indian’s bank account but it turned out to be a “while lie”. International Court of Justice exposed 1,214 names of Indians in black money tax havens — Panama Papers and Paradise Papers — but not a single tax offender arrested, the party said.

The Congress accused the BJP government saying, “people’s money in banks unsafe as banks report an approximately loss of Rs 44,542 crore in fourth quarter, owing to frauds”. Citing an RBI data, the party said 23,000 cases of fraud involving Rs 1 lakh crore reported with a whopping Rs 61,036 crore loss in only 11 bank scams in four years.

The party said that government’s “Startup India” remains a “non starter” as only Rs 90.62 crore disbursed against promises of Rs 10,000 crore for the scheme.

Speaking on the work of Modi government, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said the Prime Minister failed to keep his promise on national security and let down security forces.

“Kashmir is a state which was exploited by Modi most during the elections. In the recent past, ever since things had normalised in Jammu and Kashmir post 1996, highest number of security forces and civilians were killed in the four years of Modi government,” Azad said.