As Modi govt gets set for third year bash, Congress readies 10-day offensive

The Congress says government has nothing to celebrate. It has failed to create jobs, growth is flat, crime is rising and borders volatile.

india Updated: May 16, 2017 11:56 IST
Aurangzeb Naqshbandi
Aurangzeb Naqshbandi
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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From growing unrest in Kashmir to “directionless” economy, the Congress says Prime Minister Narendra Modi , who completes three years in office on May 26, has failed on all fronts.(PTI photo)

The Congress is set to spoil the Modi government’s anniversary party.

The BJP-led NDA government, which completes three years on May 26, has an elaborate celebration planned. The Congress will open its 10-day counteroffensive with a news conference at its headquarters in Delhi on Tuesday afternoon.

Party vice-president Rahul Gandhi set the tone when he tweeted in the morning, “Youth are struggling to find jobs, farmers are committing suicide & soldiers are dying at the border. What exactly is the Govt celebrating?”

Party’s chief whip in the Lok Sabha Jyotiraditya Scindia, Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot, former union minister RPN Singh, Lok Sabha member Sushmita Dev, actor-turned-politician Divya Spandana, popularly known as Ramya, besides communications department head Randeep Singh Surjewala would share with media their assessment of the government, sources said.

They will look to corner the government on growing unrest in Kashmir, increase in Maoist violence, rising prices, farmer distress and its alleged failure to generate jobs.

Congress leaders and spokespersons will also fan out across India to highlight the government’s “failures” on different fronts and expose its “hollow claims”.

Foreign policy vis-à-vis Pakistan and China, recent beheading of two Indian soldiers along the line of control, crime against women and leak of Aadhaar data will also be raised by the opposition party.

The Congress will not come out with a booklet this time but will put out a report card on its website on the performance of various ministries.

The party will take the BJP’s on over slogan of acche din, a poll promise of better days. The economy was in a “shambles and directionless” and fuel was costly though global crude prices were low, party sources said. India’s fuel prices are aligned with global market.

The Modi government would have answering to do over the Prime Minister’s promise to create 40 million jobs in the first two years of his government, sources said. The Congress says only 440,000 jobs have been delivered during the period.

The party says growth has been flat. It will demand that the government immediately publish the GDP figures of India from 2004 onwards until 2016-17 -- both as per the previous methodology and the new method. The party has accused the government of tinkering with the methodology to show higher growth.

India’s credit off-take was at its lowest since 1952, the Congress said, adding non-agriculture industry credit off-take was (-) 1.59% and the gross capital formation was in the negative.

The industrial capacity was not being used to the fullest. It was a matter of concern that there was an alarming dip in the national investment rate during Modi’s 35 months tenure, the party said.

The rate fell from 34% to 26.9%.

First Published: May 16, 2017 11:36 IST