Who cares who said achche din first? It’s time Modi sarkar delivered on its promises

There is no doubt that the Modi government is facing pressure given that the elections to state assemblies are months away, and that the achche din wave is slowly waning.

Written by Aaron Pereira | New Delhi | Updated: September 15, 2016 3:01 pm
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Nitin Gadkari’s remark at a Mumbai event on Tuesday seems to be a subtle hint at the pressure the two-year-old Narendra Modi government is facing, unable to deliver on all its promises.

Whether it was Manmohan Singh who actually used the phrase ‘achche din’, at a meeting with NRIs in the national capital before Modi latched on to it, is of little significance. The real issue here is what Nitin Gadkari said next: “The term has become the ‘millstone around our (BJP government’s) neck’.”

Speech after speech, rally after rally, Modi has repeatedly used the phrase ‘ache din’ while crisscrossing the country securing votes on the promise of  ridding this nation of the ‘corruption it has suffered’ for 60 years. According to Gadkari, this has now become a burden for Modi sarkar.

Is the Modi government finally accepting that it can’t deliver on its tall promises made during the 2014 election? Promises of depositing Rs 15 lakh in every citizen’s account from the black money it recovers, creating millions of jobs, bringing in crores as foreign investment, among others are all promises that the government is yet to deliver on.

Moreover, much of what the BJP government is selling as its own, are schemes that were launched by the UPA government. The Jan Dhan, Pratyaksh Hastantarit Labh, Atal Pension Yojana, Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation are just some of the schemes that have been rechristened. That the UPA government failed to highlight and publicise these schemes is a debate for another day.

There is no doubt that the Modi government is facing pressure given that the elections to state assemblies are months away, and that the achche din wave is slowly waning. The problem with the Modi government is that it’s still in election mode, two years into government. What it actually needs to do is stop tom-toming and focus on the most basic deliverables.

P.S.: Just incase Modi and his cabinet ministers forgot their 2014 television ad promising ‘achche din aanewale hain’.