BJP does not believe in the idea of India: Congress leader Manish Tewari

The Congress said that BJP government failed on various fronts during its three years in office, and social cohesion and balance 'went for a toss because it does not believe in the idea of India'.

PTI May 18, 2017 07:30:26 IST
BJP does not believe in the idea of India: Congress leader Manish Tewari

New Delhi: The Congress on Wednesday said the BJP government failed on various fronts during its three years in office, and social cohesion and balance "went for a toss because it does not believe in the idea of India".

BJP does not believe in the idea of India Congress leader Manish Tewari

File Image. PTI

Accusing the Narendra Modi government of creating an "atmosphere of fear and intimidation", the Congress said it "completely failed" in various areas, including internal security, economic development and international relations.

Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said the performance of the Modi government is dismal and blotted.

"Social cohesion and social balance has completely gone for a toss in the past three years and this is primarily because this government does not believe in the founding values of the Indian state".

"It does not believe in the Idea of India, in the preamble to the Constitution and that gets reflected in the assault on the freedom to eat, to dress as you like, to think, to express and most importantly the freedom to live your life without fear or intimidation", he told reporters.

The Congress leader said the only achievement of this government is that it created a climate of fear and intimidation which has compelled people from the creative community to install a "self censor" in their heads.

"That perhaps is the biggest assault on social cohesion in the past 36 months", he said.

On the issue of internal security, he said it also has been too awry and the failure on the Kashmir issue is in front of everyone.

"The Kashmir failure is before you. The lines of ideology are incompatible. The BJP and the PDP have proven to be an abject and miserable failure.

"As we speak, the sense of drift in Kashmir is getting institutionalised and the fear is that the situation is completely and absolutely beyond the control of this government", he said.

On the government's Pakistan policy, he said, "In the last 36 months, I have not seen any evidence of this government having any policy on Pakistan except u-turns, flip-flops and somersaults".

Tewari noted that left—wing extremism has grown by leaps and bounds and Maoism and militancy, besides claiming lives of our Jawans, are also eating into the finances of the country.

The Naga Accord, he said, is in the doldrums and one does not know if it exits or has vanished and the government does not have a concrete answer.

"In terms of action and coherent strategy, the nation has not heard a single word," he said, adding that the government has been utter failure on the economic development front.

He said in 2015-16, the GDP grew by 7.9 per cent but has slowed down to 7.1 per cent in 2016-17, but the economy is actually growing at 5.1 per cent.

Against this, he said, under the UPA, the Indian economy registered an average growth of 7.8 per cent despite the global meltdown and the Eurozone crisis.

He also cited the declining IIP and industrial growth numbers and said the money supply was growing by 10 per cent in March last year but after demonetisation it has plateaued at 7.3 per cent.

Tewari also pointed out that the last three years have been marked with increasing conflict with the Supreme Court and destabilisation of states ruled by opposition parties.

He said the NDA government has failed in maintaining a balance between the United States, Russia, China and the European Union.

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

'Suspend implementation of farm laws or we will do it': SC lashes out at Centre over handling of farmer protests
India

'Suspend implementation of farm laws or we will do it': SC lashes out at Centre over handling of farmer protests

The court further said it is 'extremely disappointed' with the way negotiations are going on between the Centre and the farmers on the new farm laws

Doubling farmers' income is Narendra Modi government's highest priority, says Amit Shah
India

Doubling farmers' income is Narendra Modi government's highest priority, says Amit Shah

Shah's remarks came amid the month-long agitation by farmers on the borders of Delhi, demanding the complete withdrawal of the three farm laws

West Bengal polls 2021: Relying on defectors will exacerbate existing tensions, BJP will have to reinvent itself
Politics

West Bengal polls 2021: Relying on defectors will exacerbate existing tensions, BJP will have to reinvent itself

The AIMIM foray may not amount to much in Bengal, given the distinctly Bengali identity of Bengali Muslims. Nevertheless, that will play into the equation. But BJP can't rely on Owaisi to mount a challenge to the TMC, especially with Banerjee’s latest slew of welfare schemes pulling a lot of popular heft.