The Opposition alleged Thursday the BJP-led government has been reduced to “maximum government, minimum governance”, warned there is “anger rising”, and said the government should change.
During the debate on supplementary demands for grants, later approved in the Lok Sabha, Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee slammed the NDA government for what he termed “camouflaged centralism” instead of “cooperative federalism and competitive federalism” as promised by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“A government that speaks about ‘cooperative federalism’. A government that talks about strengthening the Centre-state relationship. A government that tweets on every subject, but remains silent when Dalits are killed and young minds in Kashmir are pained,” said Abhsihek, nephew of Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee. He attacked the government for state government loans not waived, and abolishing the Planning Commission.
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“You call an inter-state meeting of chief ministers but decide the agenda without consulting anyone. You give CMs time to speak based on the colour of their party flag,” he said. “… All you have given the country so far are achche slogans, achche ads, achche tweets, achche sapne aur achche jumle.”
The Congress’s K C Venugopal cautioned the government that “sustainable economic growth cannot be possible without freedom, fraternity and equality”. He attacked the government for reducing funds for welfare schemes, questioned its unwillingness to explain RBI governor Raghuram Rajan’s “unceremonious exit”, and said: “You have congratulated Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan for appointing Gita Gopinath [Harvard University professor] as financial adviser. She is a good economist… but what about Rajan?… The country is expecting an explanation.”
He added: “The PM started with a slogan, minimum government; maximum governance. But what is it now? It’s maximum government, minimum governance. .. People will punish you for not keeping your promises.. You should change.”