Ahead of the third anniversary of demonetisation, Congress has launched a scathing attack on the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party at the Centre and in the state, on issues of economy slowdown, unemployment and banking sector crisis and announced a countrywide agitation for the next one week.
Former Member of Parliament and Congress’ Gujarat in-charge Rajeev Satav attacked the BJP saying the party has been shown its place by the people in the recently held assembly bypolls.
“Gujarat has shown the way to India in its quest for independence in the form of Gandhiji and Sardar Patel. And now, it will be Gujarat itself which will show the way forward in today’s India,” Satav said. “The recently held bypolls in six assembly seats in Gujarat and two assembly polls (in Maharashtra and Haryana) have shown the BJP that no matter how hard they try, they won’t be able to fulfill their dream of Congress-mukt Bharat,” he added. “We have all seen the work of Modi government in the past six years, which has consisted of only new slogans and hollow promises. BJP promised accountability, responsibility and transparency but we haven’t seen any of the promises getting fulfilled in this regime,” the Congress leader said.
The former MP also criticised the BJP on the row between Delhi Police and lawyers and the WhatsApp snooping controversy.
“For the first time in India’s history, the police in Delhi went on a strike. This government has a record of snooping and now after WhatsApp was found to be a medium, they are in return asking Whatsapp for clarification,” Satav exclaimed. “During demonetisation, Modi has asked people to deposit their money in banks but now the banking sector is collapsing and people are struggling to get their money out. We are headed towards a time of financial emergency and for the first time we have seen such staggering unemployment in India. Congress would like to say that Modi must not do his ‘mann ki baat’ but listen to ‘Manmohan ki baat’,” Satav said referring to former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, an economist who is feted for opening up the Indian economy in 1991 and ushering in a new era of growth.
The Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee announced agitations at taluka, district and state levels across Gujarat from November 8 to 15 against the BJP, in an early attempt to woo voters ahead of the 2022 assembly polls. GPCC president Amit Chavda said, “We will corner BJP on issues of economic slowdown, inflation, unemployment, farmer suicide, women’s safety and Motor Vehicles Act, with the support of the people of Gujarat.”