1. ‘Policy paralysis’, ‘suit-boot-ki-sarkar’ to ‘hawalabaaz’, Narendra Modi must change the narrative now

‘Policy paralysis’, ‘suit-boot-ki-sarkar’ to ‘hawalabaaz’, Narendra Modi must change the narrative now

These terminologies have helped Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi politically at the cost of Indian economy and growth, which all three claim to be promoting

By: | New Delhi | Updated: September 12, 2015 9:28 PM
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Terminologies like ‘policy paralysis’, ‘suit-boot-ki-sarkar’, ‘hawalabaaz’ have helped Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi politically at the cost of Indian economy and growth, which all three claim to be promoting.

mat ‘Policy paralysis’, ‘suit-boot-ki-sarkar’, ‘hawalabaaz’: These terminologies have helped Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi politically at the cost of Indian economy and growth, which all three claim to be promoting

The ‘policy paralysis’ jibe of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at the then UPA government destroyed any chances of improvement in the business sentiment during the period 2012-14 which no doubt had already reached a low ebb due to the scams, confusion over project clearances and retrospective taxation.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi exploited the situation to the full and promised ‘achhe din’, and it worked well for him — Congress party got reduced to just 44 seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, a historic low.

But then, even with this 44-seat strength in the lower house, PM Narendra Modi himself says that the Congress party is holding the government to ransom by not allowing any reform legislation including the Land Bill and GST to get through. So, it has come full-circle.

But, the ‘bayanbaazi’ is still continuing and it can only go worse from here after PM Modi calling the Congress dispensation ‘hawalabaaz’ with Bihar assembly polls slated in October-November. This will inflict further damage to the economy — there is an impression already that the government has not done enough to tackle the drought-like situation, second year in continuation, despite the meteorological department’s early warning of a below normal monsoon.

The Congress party has said that it will not allow the GST Bill to be passed even in the Winter session of Parliament and the NDA government should forget implementing it from April 1, 2016, as proposed. Clearly, the verbal duel is not helping the common man.

Rahul Gandhi calling the NDA government a ‘suit-boot-ki-sarkar’ has ensured that it is wary of taking any decision that will give an impression of being pro-industry or pro-business. Now, the ‘hawabaaz’ jibe of Congress President Sonia Gandhi in all probability, will impact the efforts to do something new, or remodel the existing schemes to get better results like what has been done in the case of the direct benefit transfer (DBT), or look at out-of-box solutions to improve ease of doing business.

In just 15 months, the economic scenario seems to be reverting to the pre-NDA times and if the lower crude oil prices had not come in the picture, the fiscal situation also would have been under tremendous pressure.

It is high time now for PM Modi to change the narrative and that will happen only if he stops responding to the political jibes and starts focussing on making friends across the political spectrum. India is, and will remain, a multi-party democracy, and for ruling the country effectively, he needs a basic-minimum support from all corners.

There is no point in waiting for the Congress to relent. Bringing it on the discussion table is the only solution even if it means some sacrifices for pushing reforms that PM Modi has promised. He will have to do it at some point of time. Why not do it today.

  1. Abdul Ali
    Sep 12, 2015 at 8:42 pm
    A very good diplomatic advice to our PM.
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      Sambit Prasad
      Sep 12, 2015 at 11:24 pm
      Even most corrupt Congress was better than the BJP. Congress had better educated people and the problem was they were arrogant due to power. Kapil Sibal being the leading arrogant, followed by Abhisek Manu Singhvi er#$, Manish Tiwari. Congress may win if these three are kicked out of India. BJP on the otherhand is a bunch of illiterate goons and mafia having buffalo brain and dogs mouth. After having full majority in parliament they brought country to a stand still. Worst then policy paralysis, its like terrorism. Their presence is now unbearable for India. All the people starting from PM to Smriti Irani are fraud in their education. They don't know what thjey are talking. But they have intelligent to fool the illiterate mes.
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        Sambit Prasad
        Sep 12, 2015 at 11:23 pm
        Even most corrupt Congress was better than the BJP. Congress had better educated people and the problem was they were arrogant due to power. Kapil Sibal being the leading arrogant, followed by Abhisek Manu Singhvi er#$, Manish Tiwari. Congress may win if these three are kicked out of India. BJP on the otherhand is a bunch of illiterate goons and mafia having buffalo brain and dogs mouth. After having full majority they brought country to a stand still. Worst then policy paralysis, its like terrorism. Their presence is now unbearable for India. All the people starting from PM to Smriti Irani are fraud in their education. They don't know what thjey are talking. But they have intelligent to fool the illiterate mes.
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          manu
          Sep 13, 2015 at 1:18 am
          Congress is not concerned with the jibe, its trying to regain its pristine glory through blocking all means for reforms to create an impression of policy paralysis.It should however till now the Congress stands on a very sticky wicket and its position is worsening with ping of time each day!!.
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            xyz
            Sep 12, 2015 at 4:43 pm
            Modi is not interested in reforms. If he was really interested he would have long ago sat with the opposition and got the land bill and GST ped. Modi is tactical, not strategic.
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              xyz
              Sep 12, 2015 at 4:46 pm
              Modi is not interested in reforms. If he was really interested he would have long ago sat with the opposition and got the land bill and GST ped. Modi is tactical, not strategic.
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              1. Sudhakar Atre
                Sep 12, 2015 at 5:58 pm
                Yes Tiwariji Now they should stop their verbal kabaddi and initiate some action before it becomes too late.But media aslo should help educating mes that any action which is pro economy is not necessarily pro business group.This fear psychosis across all political parties has adversely affected the economic development of the country during last decade.After all the days of any particular political ideology are over world over.Unless we create the wealth we cannot distribute it.Media has a great role to play in changing the mind set.
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                1. Chandrasekaran Venkataraman
                  Sep 12, 2015 at 4:30 pm
                  Mr.Modi could have avoided the latest terminology, which is in bad taste, given his standing. The party should not persist with the latest terminology. His advisor need to be careful in future.
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