Cong tears into 100-day report card

The Congress on Tuesday tore into the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government’s 100-day report card, saying the performance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration has so far been high on propaganda and low on substance.

“Modi sold false dreams that cannot be realised.  The past 100 days point to nothing but over-promise and under-delivery on the part of the prime minister and the government. They have failed to deliver on every single issue they had trumpeted in the run-up to the elections,” former Union minister Anand Sharma told reporters here.

He also used the opportunity to draw a comparison between Modi and Rahul Gandhi, saying that the Congress vice-president did not give any false assurance and refused to be a “dream merchant”.

“Rahul is sincere, and hence he did not do all this,” said Sharma, wondering where the “achchhe din (good days)” that the BJP had promised are.

“After having incessantly harped on rising food prices in the run-up to the polls, the government has ensured nothing but costlier milk and sugar as well as skyrocketing prices of vegetables and fruits. It is appalling that the price of tomatoes are higher than that of petrol,” said Sharma.

The Congress trashed the government taking credit for 5.7 per cent GDP growth rate, saying the figures were for the first quarter (April 1- June 30), during which they were in power only for 35 days.

“If they have done this in 35 days, our country should surpass China very soon,” said Sharma, suggesting that the government accept the good work done by the UPA regime
He accused the Modi government of hoodwinking the people on the issue of bringing back black money, saying a single paisa of black money stashed abroad was yet to come to India, despite Home Minister Rajnath Singh setting a deadline of 100 days for it.

The Congress leader accused Modi with introducing “administrative terrorism” in his government’s functioning, saying that the Constitutional rights of civil servants were being “assaulted” by the release of circulars about not appointing those officers who had served in the previous regime.

“Apart from politicising the bureaucracy, now there is an attempt to co-opt and create a system of committed judiciary. When the judiciary asserts its independence, the tendency in this government is to be overtly confrontational towards it,” said Sharma.

The Congress had launched a scathing attacked on the government for its move to appoint former Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam Kerala governor, wondering if Modi was “pleased” with his judgment in the Amit Shah case.

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