Former Union Finance Minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram has hit out at the Prime Minister Modi-led central government over the use of its latest catch phrase ‘New India’ and an older one. Chidambaram through two Monday morning tweets slammed the government by saying: ‘Achhe din’ arrived and departed. You may not have noticed. ‘New India’ will do the same!. Chidambaram posted a second tweet thereafter that indicated the Centre’s Railways record. He said: Train fares up 70 per cent, 27 major rail accidents, 259 deaths since May 2014. That is achhe din!
This was clearly his caustic comment over the Utkal Express train tragedy. He highlighted the rise in the price of tickets since the Modi government took over in May 2014. In both his tweets he reminded and questioned Prime Minister Modi over his pre-poll promise of ‘Achhe Din’.
Chidambaram’s party Congress has also attacked the government over what they have termed as a ‘dismal safety record’ of the railways under the BJP led government. The Congress party has even asked Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu to take personal responsibility for the accident. The Grand Old Party says that although there have been 27 major accidents in the last three years, the government has not put forward a concrete blueprint to secure the lives of passengers traveling in trains. The Congress Party also claims that safety protocols of the railways have been compromised and criminal negligence on the part of the railways is responsible for the derailment, according to an Indian Express report.
‘Achhe din’ arrived and departed. You may not have noticed. ‘New India’ will do the same!
— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) August 21, 2017
P Chidambaram had been a vocal critic of the government for quite some time. The former minister has even claimed that the CBI and ED raids on his son were because he was critical of the government, according to an Indian Express report.