Denouncing UPA government as a “failure” on all fronts, BJP on Thursday came out with a scathing “chargesheet” on its 10-year rule that accused Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi of being equally guilty of all ills by exercising authority without responsibility.
The party picked holes in the government’s economic policies that brought “destruction”, its policy on defence and national security, foreign policy and “neglect” of North-East, besides “undermining” of institutions including “compromising the diginity and integrity” of the office of Prime Minister.
“This government is a failure on all fronts. The legacy of UPA for a great country like India is a suffering India, insecure India, distressed India, depressed India and an India whose image stands tainted because of the shameless saga of scams and corruption,” BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad.
This government will be remembered as the most corrupt government in Independent India, he claimed after releasing the “chargesheet”.
Targeting the Congress leadership, Prasad said, “The BJP’s first charge is Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi are equally guilty of all the ills in India along with Manmohan Singh, because they wanted to exercise authority without accountability.”
He accused the Congress leadership of a “deliberate, conscious devaluation” of the office of Prime Minister by Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi where Manmohan Singh acted more like a CEO of a Board where they had controlling interest.
The BJP “chargesheet” concludes by saying, “The Congress-led UPA government has indeed been a disaster for this country. It has only left a legacy of suffering, agony, disappointment and hopelessness for the people of India. Its misdeeds in various fields have shaken the very foundation of the country.”
Attacking the government on challenges to national security, Prasad said even though the Prime Minister had described left-wing extremists as the single biggest security threat to the country, yet the government’s response has not been commensurate with the gravity and magnitude of the threat.
“The soft faces of Maoist-Leftists extremist violence are having a pride of place in Sonia Gandhi’s National Advisory Council,” Prasad said, attacking the UPA Chairperson.
The 58-page documents highlights the “failures” of the UPA on various fronts, including unkept promises made in 2009.
Slamming UPA’s economic policy, BJP said this government has destroyed every engine of Indian economy, where inflation is uncontrolled, growth rate is declining and unemployment is going down.
The BJP charge-sheet lists at least ten alleged scams of Rs 10,000 crore and more, including the 2G Spectrum, Coal mines allocation, CWG, Air India, rotten food, ISRO-Devas and Defence land scam. Besides, it also listed many other alleged scams like the Adarsh, cash-for-vote, Tatra truck, Vadra land deal, KG Basin oil scam and AgustaWestland helicopter scams.
Attacking the government on the national security front, BJP accused Defence Minister A K Antony, saying, “the so-called honest Defence Minister is a symbol of inaction and indecision.”
On the foreign policy matters, he said the government has failed to adopt an effective policy or enhance capacities of the Armed Forces to adequately meet the threat arising from China’s belligerent posture along the Indo-Tibet border.
“India has lost its goodwill and China’s influence is increasing,” he said.
BJP said Congress would not have ordered inquiry in any of the scams, had it not been pressure from it, consistent probing by media and intervention by the court.
Stressing that the threat from Pakistan “both overt and covert remains very serious”, it said terrorists are operating against India from across the border, and infiltration and suicide attacks in Jammu and Kashmir and on sensitive security locations are continuing.
Referring to the beheading of Indian soldiers near the Pakistan border which provoked strong outrage in the country, the party said “the requisite response was found to be wanting because of indecision of leadership.”
It noted that in the past two years, more than 500 incidents of border violations by Chinese troops have been reported.
The UPA government failed to correctly assess military implications of these developments and take steps to shore up India’s defences, the chargsheet brought out by BJP said.
It failed to expedite infrastructure development work on our side of the Indo-Tibet border. Of the 503 stretches of border roads planned to be completed by the year 2022, only 17 have been completed so far and work is currently underway on just 50 stretches.
It found the internal security environment deteriorating and said violence against women has caused tremendous insecurity among people.
The government has “failed miserably” to check the flow of illegal immigrants to India. This despite the Supreme Court declaring it as a war against India. Illegal immigration from Bangladesh is a major internal security concern and terrorist groups also find a ready base for furthering activities, it said.