Congress terms Modi Govt ‘anti-farmer, anti-women and anti-Dalit’

Monday, May 30, 2016,12:21 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Bhubaneswar | Terming the Narendra Modi rule as anti-farmer, anti-women and anti-Dalit, the Congress on Sunday said people are left bewildered as the government is acting like an event manager while there is systematic attack on the country’s institutions and democratic fabric. Narendra Modi has emerged as a good event manager and his government reduced to an event management team.

Rs 27 lakh is spent daily on events to mislead people, All India Mahila Congress President Sobha Ojha told reporters while briefing on two-years of the NDA government at the Centre. Stating that the economy was pushed downward, Ojha said job growth, industrial output and exports were sliding, while inflation, rural distress, drought and low farm incomes were making life miserable for farmers and farm labourers.

In 2014, people gave Modi a sweeping mandate, but by 2016 they were left disillusioned, bewildered and confused, she said, adding Instead of the promised ‘Achche Din’, they are witnessing a systematic attack on India’s institutions, icons and inclusiveness.

Ojha, who also released a booklet ‘Sachhai Ka Aaina’ on the BJP-led NDA government’s performance, accused Modi regime of being anti-farmer, anti-women, anti-youth, anti-Dalit and anti-tribal and claimed that over 2,900 distressed farmers were forced to commit suicide in the country in 2015.

Stating that farmers and rural India paid the heaviest price for electing BJP, which was marked by insensitivity and callousness, the Congress leader said foodgrain production has declined from 265 lakh MT in 2013-14 (UPA rule) to about 253 lakh MT in 2015-16. The BJP, which had promised before last elections that minimum Support Price (MSP) would be determined at cost of production along with 50 per cent profit, has taken a ‘U’ turn after coming to power, she alleged.

The Modi government had announced that 50 additional days of employment would be offered under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) over the mandated 100 days in drought-affected regions.

In reality, not even 50 days of employment were being offered, Ojha said. Claiming that investor confidence in India was low and forecast was gloomy, she said the country was gifted windfall due to low crude oil prices, but instead of using the savings to boost the economy, government chose to fill its coffers by increasing excise duties and indirect taxes.

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