Congress on Tuesday dubbed Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a "dream merchant", who came to power by selling "false hopes" and dismissed the 100 days of his rule as high on rhetoric and low on performance.
"Modi sold false dreams, that cannot be realised. He promised all things to all
people. Rahul Gandhi did not do it. He did not give false assurances and refused to be a dream merchant. Rahul is sincere and hence he did not do all this," party spokesperson Anand Sharma said at the AICC briefing.
Alleging that BJP captured power by making lofty promises and selling unrealistic dreams, he said the 100 days story of this government has proved to be "disappointing."
He said the government's functioning has, so far, been "characterised by non-fulfilment of promises, undermining of institutions, compromising of administration and governance and promotion of work culture nurtured by distrust and fear".
Sharma asked the Prime Minister to "explain why 18 of his ministers are facing serious criminal charges compelling the Supreme Court to observe that it is for the Prime Minister to ensure that those having criminals charges are not promoted. He is the head of the government. Why he brought such people in the Cabinet?"
Expressing concern over the situation along borders with Pakistan and China, Sharma said there were ceasefire violations day in and day out from Islamabad, which was witnessed only before the Kargil conflict.
"A party and its leaders, who during their election campaign faulted the leadership in Delhi for LoC violations went on to invite the Pakistan Prime Minister over shawl and saree diplomacy," he said accusing the government of absence of firmness and clarity in dealing with Pakistan and showing "no maturity" in its foreign policy.
"It's approach is opaque and directionless in foreign policy. It is trivialising India's bilateral, regional and international commitments. Government should show forthrightness in foreign policy engagements. It cannot be just rhetorics and theatrics," he said.
Attacking the government on the black money issue, he said while BJP and its then Prime Ministerial candidate promised to bring back black money, which was according to them to the tune of 85 lakh crore, "even 85 paisa are yet to come while the government is completing 100 days".
He said this amounted to a "fraud with people", who were "misled".
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Alleging that "there was administrative terrorism" in the government's functioning, Sharma said Constitutional rights of the civil servants were being "assaulted" by releasing circulars about not appointing those officers, who had served in the previous regime.
A day after party president Sonia Gandhi attacked the government on price rise, Sharma took it forward by concluding that "tomatoes have became costlier than diesel and petrol" as food prices rose in the NDA regime and questioned why Modi has not been able to control prices when it is their government.
"Government data itself shows that food inflation rose to 9.36% in July from the previous 7.90% in June," he said.
"The past 100 days point to nothing but over promise and under delivery on the part of the Prime Minister," he said.
Sharma also accused the government of "systematic and planned subversion of institutions, which are bedrocks of democracy" while citing the examples of the government rejecting the name of former AG Gopal Subramaniam for appointment in the apex giving a "snub" to the collegium system of the Supreme Court.
"Why are you playing with institutions," he said alleging that "even ministers were cut to size and each of them stand belittled" having no power even to appoint their PS and wondered whether a "silent shift" from Parliamentary to Presidential form of government was happening.
"The government is claiming credit for 5.75% GDP growth rate for the first quarter of the current financial year as one of the biggest achievement in 100 days. They have conveniently forgotten that the figures are for the first quarter (April 1 to June 30) during which they were in power only for 35 days and UPA was for 55 days.
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"If they have done this in 35 days, then our country should surpass China very soon," he said sarcastically and asserted that the government should have the "decency" to accept the good work done by the previous government.
"The shameless exercise of renaming and plagiarising the initiatives and schemes of UPA government for taking credit should be replaced by concrete steps that involves actual governance rather than mere perception management and media manipulation," he said dubbing the government schemes as "as no game-changers, only name changers".
Sharma also attacked the government accusing it of maintaining "silence" towards "extreme sectarian and divisive politics" with the aim of "polarising voters". He also attacked the Modi cabinet on women security issue.
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