Coming down heavily on the Trinamool Congress and the BJP, Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi, son of former Chief Minister of Assam Tarun Gogoi, on Thursday alleged that there was an “under-the-table agreement” between the two parties.
“It is evident by the changing character of the TMC in Parliament that there has been a closed-door settlement with the BJP. Initially, the TMC was opposed to the Goods and Services Tax Bill and now they are for it, saying it was part of their manifesto. What is their new secret understanding and on what principles have their views changed, we would want to know while the nature of the bill was unchanged,” Gogoi told reporters in Kolkata. He added that Congress will support the bill given certain modifications were incorporated into it.
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Referring to the completion of two years of the BJP government, Gogoi said the central government was a complete failure in terms of living up to people’s expectations which they had build ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. “There had been ‘achhe din’ for people like Lalit Modi and Vijay Mallya, but for the rest of the Indians it has been ‘do saal bura haal’ (two years, poor condition),” Gogoi said, adding that the BJP’s tactic was fear-driven politics for the expansion of their rule in different state.
He slammed the Centre for “insensitivity and callous attitude” towards the severe draught condition prevailing in the country as well as not generating employment as promised. “A recent statement of the government’s own labour ministry said that job growth had been one of the lowest in the last six-seven years and there had been a decline of 20,000 jobs in eight key sectors,” Gogoi claimed.
The Congress MP alleged that the BJP had spun a web of lies and deceit to allure voters. “They have done almost nothing about the prevailing corruption in the country and assurances to bring in the black money. All those ended up just being ‘chunaoi jumla’ (poll jargon). The BJP leaders are all caught up in retweeting and taking selfies,” he said.
Gogoi further charged Prime Minister Narendra Modi for taking contradictory stance in relation to Pakistan, as his strong statements before elections turned into conciliatory ones after becoming PM.