Narendra Modi government’s two years ‘disastrous’: Rajeev Shukla

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Chandigarh | Published: May 26, 2016 8:25:28 PM

Congress leader Rajeev Shukla today dubbed the two years of the Narendra Modi government "disastrous", saying despite its slogan of zero tolerance to corruption "scams" have hit many BJP-ruled states.

Rajeev Shukla“The Modi government (has) failed on all fronts, its performance has been disastrous. Half of its tenure is up, because in the fifth year,” Rajeev Shukla told mediapersons here. (Express Photo)

Congress leader Rajeev Shukla today dubbed the two years of the Narendra Modi government “disastrous”, saying despite its slogan of zero tolerance to corruption “scams” have hit many BJP-ruled states.

“The Modi government (has) failed on all fronts, its performance has been disastrous. Half of its tenure is up, because in the fifth year, it’s countdown for polls.., and in these two years they have nothing to show,” Shukla told mediapersons here.

He said what is there to celebrate for the government when it has “failed” to fulfill promises like bringing back black money, giving jobs, improving lives of various sections of society, including farmers, and improving the economy.

“Things have worsened during their rule,” Shukla alleged.

He said that during Congress’ rule crude prices hovered around $115 per barrel, which are now at around $ 40 per barrel.

“While the government is filling its coffers, benefits are not being passed on to the consumers. At current crude prices, the price of petrol should have been Rs 31.99 per litre and diesel at Rs 25.40 per litre,” he said.

Shukla said BJP promised to give employment to two crore people, but only 1.34 lakh youths have got jobs during two years.

On agrarian crisis, he said 3,000 farmers have committed suicide.

“They also misled the farmers and promised so many things to them including implementing the recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission report,” he stated.

Shukla said drought-situation is prevailing in several parts of the country including in Maharashtra, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh but the government “is in deep slumber”.

Targeting BJP on corruption, Shukla said, “BJP only tries to boast of zero tolerance to corruption whereas the truth is there have been scams in many BJP-ruled states like Vyapam in MP, Chattisgarh’s PDS scam, mining scam in Rajasthan, Gujarat petroleum scam”.

“But the Prime Minister silent on the issue. He won’t say a word about these scams. His strategy is to just remain silent. The media will talk about it for a few days and then people will forget,” he said.

Shukla claimed that during the last two years, an amount of Rs 565 crore had been spent on PM’s foreign trips, “which perhaps will be even more than United States President Obama’s foreign trips expenditure during in the same period”.

The Congress leader took a dig at the Modi government over its foreign policy, saying India’s relation with neighbours like Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Vietnam have not been that good while Pakistan is showing its “true colour” by the day.

Shukla also said that when BJP was in Opposition, it used to find flaws with many schemes brought by the previous UPA government, but when they came to power they not only copied these schemes, but went a step ahead to claim credit for these as well.

“During our time it was direct cash transfer, they made it Jandhan Yojana, they opposed insurance reforms but after coming to power they changed colours, FDI in retail they opposed but later on they found no problem wit it,” he said.

He said the government was earning hundreds of crores of rupees in the form of Swachh Bharat cess, “but do we see any change on the ground? They must tell the people where they are spending this money.”

Meanwhile, asked about the recent Assembly poll results in four states and a Union Territory, Shukla sought to question what was making BJP jump in joy.

“Congress had fought 319 seats and won 132 as against 605 fought by BJP out of which they won 61 seats,” he pointed out.

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