The Congress on Monday termed the BJP-led government a “U-turn sarkar” for its “frequent flip-flop” on critical issues such as black money, Chinese incursions, Article 370 and “alliance with separatists” in Jammu and Kashmir during the past six months.
In its attempt to recover some of the ground it had lost in the Lok Sabha and recent state elections, the opposition party also released a 30-page booklet – 6 Maheene Paar U turn Sarkar -- in which it accused the BJP's of reneging on its poll promises and hijacking of UPA's schemes.
“This government has made 25 u-turns in the last around 180 days. That's an average of one u-turn every seven to eight days,” Congress general secretary Ajay Maken said, releasing the booklet the title of which sarcastically rhymes with the BJP’s catchphrase during Lok Sabha elections “Abki Baar, Modi Sarkar”.
He said the BJP walked into corridors of power with its “counterfeit vocabulary” riding on a wave of “corporate-funded” high voltage campaign based entirely on “false promises of change and baseless allegations”.
The Congress has repeatedly accused the BJP of having spent Rs 10,000 crore on its publicity campaign in this summer’s Lok Sabha polls most of which came from the corporate houses.
Maken said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government have gone back on all its poll promises and virtually appropriated and renamed all UPA schemes.
“BJP government has been resorting to white lies on black money, flip-flop on issues with Pakistan, double standards on insurance bill and gross opportunism in aligning with NCP,” he said.
Though the booklet has mentioned the BJP’s u-turn on 22 issues, the Congress said the NDA government did somersaults on three more matters, including revealing the documents relating to Subhash Chandra Bose, civil nuclear liability act and the land boundary agreement with Bangladesh in the past few days.
“People, nation and Congress want to know whether the temptations of power had made you so blind that you opposed everything by the Congress-led government just to come to power,” Maken said.
The BJP was quick to hit back at the Congress, saying the panic-stricken opposition party has “trivialised” only to create some media space.
“Give us some time. Have some patience...Don't trivialize issues,” parliamentary affairs minister M Venkaiah Naidu said. “Decades of Congress rule left India in a very bad shape. To expect miraculous changes in just six months would be unjust.”