The Congress is gearing up to launch a counter offensive against the BJP government, which is planning a blitzkrieg to mark a year in office, with a booklet “exposing” the “failures” of the NDA government and 100-plus press conferences by top leaders across the country including one in the Prime Minister’s Lok Sabha constituency of Varanasi.
Congress will kick off a series of press meets from Tuesday with former Union minister Kapil Sibal addressing the media at the AICC headquarters. The party has decided to rope in many former ministers including P Chidambaram. Congress’s narrative would be “failure of the Modi government to implement the big promises it had made.”
In Varanasi, Congress will field Jairam Ramesh and Gujarat leader Shakti Sinh Gohil. There will be media interactions in 35-odd cities including all state capitals from May 20 to May 25.
“In terms of promises or oratory, Modi and his government are trying to play T20. From Red Fort to China, there are speeches and promises. Like big sixes and fours in T20 matches, there is big oratory, big promises… In terms of publication and announcements, slightly slower but still swashbuckling like one day cricket. In terms of implementation and achievements, unfortunately not even a test match. More like an abandoned test match,” party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi said.
Congress came out with statistics to back the argument that the Modi government fared poorly. On job creation front, it said BJP had promised 250 million jobs over the next 10 years, an average of 25 million per year. Contrary to this, a labour bureau survey revealed that 1.17 lakh new jobs were created in 8 sectors from October to December. “Where is this 2.5 crore job creation a year?” Singhvi asked.
He said Modi promised he would have Ganga cleaned up in a year. “Minister Uma Bharti later said Ganga will be cleaned up in three years. The Supreme Court castigated the government last year saying he Centre’s action plan may not help clean the river even after 200 years. Now the government has filed an affidavit assuring to clean the Ganga by 2018,” he said.