The Congress is planning to counter the NDA government’s elaborate celebrations to mark its two years in office with a nationwide campaign highlighting the BJP’s “failures on important indices” of development.
The theme of the campaign is “Pragati Ki Tham Gayi Chaal, Do Saal, Desh Ka Hua Bura Haal” – and this has been given by an “ordinary” citizen, said Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala.
Congress leaders and spokespersons will fan out across the country to highlight the government’s “failures” on different fronts. There will be 27 news conferences on May 26 and 25 press meets on May 28.
The main opposition party will also come out with a report card in the form of a booklet to “nail the BJP’s lies” on the issues of agriculture, agrarian crisis, mis-management of economy, corruption, black money, dangers of internal security, women, youth, students and blow to their aspirations and anti-Dalit agenda of the government and the failures of its flagship programmes.
Audio and video CDs on 10 key issues will also be released on the day.
The Congress has maintained that the NDA government’s schemes are “either pale imitation of UPA programmes, ineffectively carried forward after re-branding them”.
It will also attack the BJP, especially Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah, over their ‘acche din (good days)’ slogan to drive home the point that economy is in “shambles and directionless”.
The Congress will also attack the government for “orchestrating the murder of democracy” by using “muscle and money power to topple” democratically-elected governments in Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
The party will also take on the government over its foreign policy. “We will highlight the government’s flip-flops on Pakistan, Modi’s surprise visit to that country, Pathankot attacks, and the nod given to Pakistani team to visit sensitive air-force base that defied all logic,” said a Congress leader.