Economic revival key agenda for LS polls: Rajnath
With the current economic situation in the country in turmoil, the revival of economy will be one of the key points in the BJP agenda for the forthcoming parliamentary polls.Updated: Aug 20, 2013 20:35 IST
With the current economic situation in the country in turmoil, the revival of economy will be one of the key points in the BJP agenda for the forthcoming parliamentary polls.
Besides a better economic policy, the BJP agenda will focus on providing transparent governance, eradication of corruption and generation of maximum job opportunities.
This was stated by BJP chief Rajnath Singh here on Tuesday. Paying tributes to Sant Harchand Singh Longowal here on his death anniversary, Rajnath said the NDA would contest the elections on the above key points, which the UPA government had ignored during its nine-year tenure.
"From economic crisis to issues related to development, the UPA government has completely failed on all fronts. The economic crisis was so severe in the country that it would become difficult for the government to revive it during the rest of its tenure," he said.
Rajnath said even economist Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had no progressive economic model and was finding it hard to deal with his own policy of 1992.
"In case, we come to power, the NDA would come up with an alternative economic model to improve the country's economy. Besides, providing employment to the youth living in rural and urban areas would also be on top of the priority list," he said.
Rajnath claimed that the UPA government had generated only 27 lakh job opportunities during its tenure as against 6.7 crore generated during the NDA tenure. Moreover, the GDP growth, which was 8.4% during their tenure, had come down to 4.8% under the UPA government, he claimed.
In light of the recent incursions by the Chinese into the Indian territory and the killing of Indian soldiers by the Pakistan army, Rajnath said the UPA government had turned out to be a "spineless" government as it had failed to take a serious note of such threats to the country.
He said it was a diplomatic failure of the government as it had failed to ensure internal and external security on its border and for its citizens.
"The recent activities by China and Pakistan are not only a threat to external security but have also posed a serious threat to our sovereignty," he said, adding, "The government has no spine to take up the matter with these countries and has adopted a silence on the issue."
Rajnath said the government should shun all ties with Pakistan as it had failed to have control over its army and the ISI. "If Pakistan doesn't want to have cordial relations with India, there is no need for India to work towards that end," he said.
First Published: Aug 20, 2013 20:33 IST