The Congress’s chargesheet against the NDA has returned to haunt the party.
Price rise: The Manmohan Singh government is being put on the mat by the Opposition, its own allies and even some Congress MPs on the steep rise in prices of essential commodities.
Food security: It was Sonia Gandhi who said that during the NDA regime, people slept on empty stomachs despite full granaries. Today, the ruling party has to fight the ignominy of not foreseeing the problem.
Farmer suicides: The suicides continue, notwithstanding the PM’s special relief package for farmers in Vidarbha and other areas.
India’s independent foreign policy: This is a salvo fired at the UPA regime by the Left parties who view the Indo-US nuclear deal as a sign of a collapse of India’s independent foreign policy. And it doesn’t help, if the BJP also starts hurling similar charges.
Agrarian distress: Despite suggestions that the Vaidyanathan committee report on strengthening agriculture should be implemented, the UPA has so far failed to deliver.
Internal security: The attacks on Parliament, J&K Assembly, Akshardham and Raghunath temple reflected the spread of the terror network during the NDA regime. Today, the Congress-led UPA is trying to grapple with the same menace.
Unemployment: Sonia Gandhi took the wind out of AB Vajpayee’s sails when she stood up and questioned about its failure to deliver one crore jobs every year. Today, the Congress itself is facing the same question.