Chandigarh

BJP following anti-farmer policies, says Congress

June 13, 2017 06:33 AM

Chandigarh : The Congress today criticized the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre, alleging that the ruling outfit’s achievements were advertisement blitzkrieg to cover up for its failures, giving empty slogans and indulging in divisive politics. “Beyond the slogans, advertising and hyper-rhetoric, sentiment is gloomy. The so-called development exists only on paper,” Congress MP and AICC spokesperson Gaurav Gogoi said here.

He alleged said India’s economic growth had slowed down sharply, driven primarily by demonetisation, which he termed as a “ mega scam”. Gogoi also said the promised ‘achhe din’ had come but only for a select few as the “Soot Boot Ki Sarkar” was pursuing policies that were “anti-poor”, “anti-farmers” and favoured the rich and the corporates.

“The BJP government only believes in vigyapan (advertisement blitzkrieg) and vibhajan (divisive politics),” Gogoi said in the presence of Haryana Congress President Ashok Tanwar here. “Achee Din have comebut only for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and those industrialists who are close to the ruling party,” he alleged.

“Today, they are talking about privatising Air-India, various PSUs are shutting down. What happened to HMT in Haryana, do they have any answer ,” he asked. Terming demonetisation as a “ mega scam”, he said: “It’s a scam whose real impact is now slowly being felt. It has dealt a big blow to the economy, especially in rural areas. Any government in which farmers, youths, ruralites, poor stand to lose cannot last long”.

When asked that BJP claimed that its government was scam-free unlike the previous Congress-led regime, Gogoi said: “They brush their scams under the carpet. Vyapam scam and Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation scam, everyone knows about it and the demonetisation scam will emerge in time to come.”

Asked that senior Congress leader like former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda was facing heat in various cases, Gogoi said: “We welcome every kind of inquiry but it should be made time-bound. The BJP government should not use the CBI as a political tool”.

On the country’s economy, he said the GDP de-accelerated at 6.1 per cent year-on-year between January and March. “The Index of Industrial Production was growing at 5.3 per cent in February, 2016, which has come down to 1.9 per cent in March, 2017,” said the senior Congress leader.

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