A day after BJP changed its stance on the Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) with Bangladesh with Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself indicating the government’s willingness to ratify it, Congress on Monday came out with a booklet counting the “U-turns” made by the NDA regime. It said the BJP government has made 25 “U-turns” in only 180 days.
Taking on the Modi government, Congress said BJP has made volte face on a range of issues – black money, Direct Benefit Transfer, Insurance Bill, Henderson Brooks report, the CAG’s mandate, rail fare hike, diesel deregulation, Chinese incursions and relations with Pakistan. To top it all was the shifting stance on the land swap deal with Bangladesh, and also the PMO’s refusal to declassify the files on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.
“This government is nothing but a U-turn sarkar,” said AICC communication department head Ajay Maken after releasing the 30-page booklet.
Maken pointed out that BJP’s opposition to the deal was made clear by Arun Jaitley in December last year. “Jaitley is known for his legal acumen… I want to ask Jaitley whether his legal sense and legal knowledge on issues change when he is in the Opposition and in the government….. Or whether the Prime Minister has overruled him?,” he asked.
The party recalled that Rajnath Singh, now the Union Home Minister, while addressing a rally in Cuttack in January last year had advocated making public the files on Bose. “Now we would like to ask Rajnath Singh what he would like to say,” Maken said. He said while Modi repeatedly promised clean politics, he delivered a “tainted cabinet” and made a 180-degree turn on Article 370 of the Constitution which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
“The Modi government is a U-turn sarkar… it is a government of imitation and industralists. Congress cannot be a silent complicit to the farce being enacted in the name of government”, he said.
Interestingly, the Congress has also described NCP’s support to the BJP government in Maharashtra as a volte face by the saffron party. “Both BJP and Modi during the campaign had called NCP a Naturally Corrupt Party. The same party is now BJP’s natural ally,” he said.
BJP hit back at Congress with Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu rubbishing the allegations. He said Congress was now “confused” and “desperate to stay relevant”.
The minister said the BJP government has been “trying to improve the situation because the previous UPA government has destroyed every institutions during its rule”.