Hitting back at Congress over its jibe that the Narendra Modi government is a ‘selfie’ government, BJP on Friday said the opposition party is facing “bankruptcy” of ideas and tainting their own image instead.
Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar also attacked Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on being “active” these days and said some people go on “hibernation” for 56 days and then become “hyperactive”.
“Congress is facing bankruptcy of ideas. They are throwing stones at us, but those stones are hitting them back at double speed. The mud they are throwing at us is falling on their faces. We are doing good work, they had done wrong,” Javadekar told PTI.
Hitting back on opposition’s allegation that the present government was a “suit-boot ki sarkar”, Javadekar said the previous UPA regime was a “suitcase ki sarkar” and it should not point at the NDA government.
“Arunji (Arun Jaitley) said that our government is not ‘suit-boot ki sarkar’ but ‘sooj-boojh ki sarkar’. But Congress government was ‘suitcase ki sarkar’. They should first reveal that part. When their government was ‘suitcase ki sarkar’, why they are pointing at us,” he said.
Noting that the Congress had dismissed the CAG’s estimated loss of Rs 1.86 lakh crore in the coal scam, Javadekar said that when his government auctioned 20 mines out of 200 in a “transparent” way, it raised Rs 2 lakh crore. He also referred to the example of spectrum allocation in which the government garnered Rs 1.9 lakh crore.
Javadekar said that bringing cooperative federalism was a big change which the Narendra Modi government brought while prices too have come down giving relief to people.
“There was no social security even after 60 years of independence. Around 14 crore Jan Dhan accounts have been opened. 5.5 crore people have taken part in the programme in which there is Bima Yojana, Jeevan Bima, Suraksh Bima and Atal pension.
“Those who did not have pension will get now. We are taking the states into confidence, policies have become transparent, decisions are being taken based on policies. We are promoting infrastructure development in each sector. The way environment ministry has started taking transparent and policy-based decisions has changed the situation,” he said.
Javadekar said that the initiatives taken in this one year will yield results.
The Minister also expressed hope that the other Bills including the Land Acquisition Bill will be passed in the next two months.
“Our 30 bills have been passed. All those bills were important. 90 per cent bills have been passed, while 10 per cent of bills have gone to select committee or joint committee. I am confident that these bills will get passed in the next two months,” he said.
On the black money issue, Javadekar said that the government has come up with such a law under which those who stash black money abroad will go to jail for 10 years. “We discussed positively about this issue abroad. The earlier government was not interested to discuss. Switzerland now has decided to share information. Everyone wants to share information,” he said.
He said that although investigation has begun and even the Supreme Court had given direction to SIT, it was not implemented by Congress regime in 2.5 years, but the Narendra Modi government did in 2.5 days.
“There was no strong action on black money issue earlier. There will be controls on black money. These are initial steps. We have taken many good initiatives to ensure good days (achhe din).
“The governments is moving in the right direction. If the country moves in this direction, India will be amongst the top countries in the world,” he said.