The opposition Congress on Monday said that the President’s address to the joint session of Parliament was “deeply disappointing” as it argued that the Narendra Modi government failed to unveil any “original vision” or “new line of thinking”. President Pranab Mukherjee’s address was a mere “jugglery of words” and the government’s approach was “superficial,” it said.
“There is no original vision of the government, no new initiative which can be termed different from what this nation is presently implementing. The approach as such is superficial. There is generalisation and the specifics are missing. It is full of platitude and is a repeat of the cliches and slogans used by the PM and the BJP during the elections,” senior Congress leader Anand Sharma said.
Mocking its “minimum government, maximum governance” plank, Sharma wondered whether it meant minimising the role of ministers in the Cabinet form of government and maximising the governance only through the PMO. On foreign affairs, Sharma said, the address reflected that the government has a “truncated world view” as it was silent on the Look East policy, multi-lateral fora like BRICS, IBSA or ASEAN, West Asia and India’s policy towards African or Latin America.
Senior Congress leader and former Union minister Veerappa Moily said that the address lacked focus on governance, creation of jobs and the issue of containing inflation. “People were expecting and looking forward. But you don’t find any concrete plans. There is no concrete roadmap. How are they going to achieve that?” Moily asked.
BJD MP Baijayant Panda said the government will have to act on its promises. AAP MP Bhagwant Mann said the government should work for the people.
WITH PTI INPUTS
While Delhi was ruled by the Congress during the major part of the period under study, Jain said the white paper was not a political move.