As the Narendra Modi-led National democratic Alliance (NDA) government gears up its efforts to highlight its achievements of the 3 years of governance on May 26, the Indian National Congress has plans to start a media blitz to counter the government’s claims, Indian Express reported. The grand old party has plans to hold nearly 100 press conferences in towns and cities all across the country in the next one month. The Indian Express report also states that the senior leaders of the Congress party were scheduled to address press conferences in almost all the state capitals. According to the report, Congress has prepared a short film called, “Teen saal, 30 tikadam” for its campaign.
The Congress party plans to attack the central government’s performance in various sectors such as national security, the creation of employment, price rise and the agrarian crisis. Congress also plans to pick out on the flaws in the Narendra Modi government’s foreign and Kashmir policies. Targeting the Modi government, senior Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi claimed that the centre had only managed to create 1.35 lakh jobs annually in 8 labour-intensive sectors. Speaking to IE, he said, “In 2009-10, job creation was 8.7 lakh. It went up to 9.29 lakh in 2010-11. It was 3.5 lakh in 2011-12 and 4.21 lakh in 2013-14. It came down to 1.35 lakh in 2014-15 and remained the same in 2016-17… What are they celebrating? Are they celebrating joblessness or jobless growth?” Singhvi also claimed that the bank credit growth, which was directly linked to the growth in employment was at its lowest- 5.3% in the year 2016-17. It is the lowest in the last 63 years….”, he added.
Earlier this week, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi had asked the central government about what they had to celebrate about when all they had to show for were “broken promises” and “non- performance”, reported news agency PTI. Gandhi spoke about the farmer suicides and unemployment in the country and said that the last three years had been a “betrayal” of the people’s faith in them.