New Delhi: As the Modi government celebrates its second anniversary on Thursday, Congress has decided to come out with a booklet and a video highlighting its "failures", provoking a sharp reaction from BJP with Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu accusing it of engaging in "negative" politics as it is "nervous".
Party general secretary Digvijaya Singh will address a press conference in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's constituency Varanasi on Thursday while Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and party spokespersons Kapil Sibal and Randeep Singh Surjewala will train their guns on the government in Delhi as part of the plan charted out by the Congress.
"Congress party will be releasing a video and booklet on issues where the Modi government has failed India. Entire country expected Modiji to have governance as the central point of its agenda. This has been missing. After leading BJP to victory in 2014, Modi and his government have utterly failed on all the important indices of development."
"Modi government has become one of rhetoric and theatrics. Government is yet to begin its principal agenda of governance and development. BJP has failed the people of India," AICC Communication Department Chairman Randeep Surjewala alleged.
In a series of tweets, Surjewala said that the state chiefs of Congress as well as CLP leaders will also bring out the state issues while Congress leaders will hold press conferences across the nation on 26 May and 28 May.
Reacting sharply to the Congress plans, Naidu said marking the completion of two years in office on 26 May, the NDA government is confidently going to the people with its report card of achievements "in contrast to Congress, which continues to be nervous and diffident."
"With the successes achieved by the NDA Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on various fronts from putting economy back on rails to restoring India's image internationally, the Congress appears to be clueless on what to say.
"Instead of going to people to explain our shortcomings, if any, they have decided to conduct mega press conferences," Naidu said.
Congress lacks confidence. Instead of going to the people, they want to conduct media campaign against NDA government. 1/
— M Venkaiah Naidu (@MVenkaiahNaidu) May 25, 2016
We are confident... They are diffident. We are moving forward... They are pulling backward... 4 — M Venkaiah Naidu (@MVenkaiahNaidu) May 25, 2016
Naidu, the Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and Urban Development, also mentioned that 33 Union ministers will be travelling across the country to report to the people on its "achievements" and policies across 200 centres.
"Normally, the Opposition goes to the people to complain and the government uses the media to publicise its achievements," he said, arguing, the ministers going to the people is a "sign of the confidence" in the government about its work.
"While we are confident, the Congress is diffident. We are moving forward and the Congress is pulling backward. The Congress is continuing with its negative politics and appears to have not learnt any lessons even after the recent verdict," he alleged.
Congress has planned to bring out a booklet titled Do saal, Deshka bura haal which will feature "omissions and commissions" of the government which came to power on promises of 'acche din'. Press conferences will be held at 27 places tomorrow, and 25 on Friday.
President Pranab Mukherjee's daughter Sharmistha Mukherjee will be addressing a press conference in Kolkata on 27 May. The same day P Chidambaram will address a press conference in Delhi and Jairam Ramesh in Lucknow.
The Congress has also roped in a number of former chief ministers to address these conferences seeking to puncture NDA government's claims of achievements. While the video will be released tomorrow, the booklet will come out on 28 May.
Published Date: May 26, 2016 08:59 am | Updated Date: May 26, 2016 09:00 am