1. Heading towards ‘Congress-mukt Bharat’: BJP’s Nirmala Sitharaman

Heading towards ‘Congress-mukt Bharat’: BJP’s Nirmala Sitharaman

Basking in the electoral victories of last year, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today said it was heading towards fulfilling in stages...

By: | Bangalore | Published: April 4, 2015 7:46 PM
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“‘Congress-mukt’ is not just electoral calculation but also an attitude that came to dominate this country during that unfortunate phase,” Nirmala Sitharaman said, referring to the UPA rule. (PTI)

Basking in the electoral victories of last year, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today said it was heading towards fulfilling in stages its goal of ‘Congress-free’ India and that the Narendra Modi government has effectively addressed the ‘crisis of credibility’ created by Congress.

The party said it believed in empowering the poor as against Congress “empowering poverty” during its rule.

“In a way the campaign message of Congress Mukt Bharat is being very clearly achieved in stages. The crisis of credibility is being effectively removed and people are looking at BJP with hope,” Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in a media briefing on the political resolution of the party which was passed on the concluding day of the two-day National Executive meeting here.

“‘Congress-mukt’ is not just electoral calculation but also an attitude that came to dominate this country during that unfortunate phase,” she said, referring to the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) rule.

Mounting an aggressive campaign in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections, Modi as prime ministerial candidate had coined the ‘Congress-mukt Bharat’ slogan, with the party winning a historic mandate by securing majority on its own, followed by a string of electoral successes in Assembly polls before the juggernaut was halted in Delhi polls in February this year.

“We are moving towards that India where hopefully sooner those ills which prevailed during that time– not just electoral calculations, but lack of transparency, lack of decision making in time, lack of leadership which became the hallmark of Congress administration —are now going to be removed,” she said.

Quoting Home Minister Rajnath Singh, she said, “He looked at the current regime as a historic moment which has ushered in a new dawn of a new era in the country.”

Asserting that the Modi government was providing a “transparent” administration, she said the endowments of the country were now being auctioned or being given away in a transparent process leading to huge income generation.

The party credited its present rise to the effective leadership and its workers and said it is a result of the change initiated from the days of the erstwhile Bharatiya Jana Sangh to its present form BJP.

The Modi government was addressing “crisis of credibility” and the people were looking to it for “quick changes” and with hope, she said.

“Congress only empowered poverty, not the poor. Our commitment is to empower the poor as against Congress empowering poverty during its rule,” she said.

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