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Prime Minister Modi with senior Union ministers and chief ministers of all BJP-ruled states will attend the event. BJP chief Amit Shah will also be present.

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May 28, 2016 - 21:40 (IST)

'BJP only good for holding events'

Another Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan joined the bandwagon of Modi-bashing and said that the BJP government is only good for holding events and raising slogans. 

"The Narendra Modi government has failed on all fronts. It has failed to fulfill the expectations of people who gave them such a huge mandate," the former Chief Minister of Maharashtra who was here as part of the Congress's all-out counter offensive on the government, said. He said the BJP had raised the expectations of the people and was handed a huge mandate, but after remaining two years in power, the government has failed in addressing the issues of the people.

"This government came with a lot of expectations and such a huge mandate to a single political party was given after a long time. We had faced issues due to being in coalition but we thought the people will really benefit from this government," he said. "Essentially the government is done with half of its tenure and has failed in addressing the problems of the people. They are trying to divide the people and the Prime Minister has remained silent on the statements of some RSS and other leaders. This government should go," Chavan said.

The Congress leader claimed that government is anti-farmer and anti-youth and has thrived only on advertisements and announcements. "They only raise slogans, make announcements and hold events. They have done nothing for the farmers of the country or the youth. This government is anti-farmer, anti-youth and has failed to fulfill its promise of creating two crore jobs per year," he said.

May 28, 2016 - 21:38 (IST)

BJP's honeymoon phase over

Congress claimed that the "honeymoon phase" of the Narendra Modi-led NDA government is over and people have started questioning the Centre. "The honeymoon phase of Modi-led government is over and it cannot be extended further anymore. In a democracy, people have the right to question the government and it has already started with the Centre," Congress spokesperson Sanjay Jha said here.

Releasing a book on the "failures" of the Modi government in the last two years, he alleged that "the only development which has happened is on the front of communalism". "Opposition parties like Congress and the media have seen this development of communalism happening during the current government's tenure," Jha alleged, adding "a dangerous communal environment has been created in the country through issues like 'ghar wapsi' and 'beef ban'".

He also claimed that BJP's aim to have 'Congress-mukt Bharat' is a product of their "inner-hatred towards secularism".

May 28, 2016 - 21:36 (IST)

Congress is not a PR party: Rahul

Saying that Congress does not resort to PR stunts, party vice-president Rahul Gandhi said that India's grand old party is not a PR party. Rahul Gandhi was reacting to BJP celebrating 2 years of NDA at the Centre in an extravagant event at the India Gate. 

May 28, 2016 - 21:06 (IST)

It is the India for youth

Union HRD minister Smriti Irani, Union Minister VK Singh and Jitendra Singh laud schemes that have helped the youth of the country since Narendra Modi took over as the Prime Minister of India. 

Starting from education to living standard across the nation have improved under the BJP leadership at the Centre, the ministers added.

May 28, 2016 - 20:08 (IST)

Modi's 56-inch chest hasn't decreased an inch: Rajnath Singh

Speaking as NDA-led alliance at the Centre celebrated two years of PM Modi's tenure at the Centre, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that the "56-inch chest" of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has not decreased "an inch" and asserted that there should be no doubt on that score.


He also said if Pakistan does not have the capability to curb terrorist activities in its territory, it should seek India's help.


Singh was asked by Rajat Sharma on his programme "Aap ki Adalat" on India TV about Modi's Lok Sabha election campaign in which he had said that a "56-inch chest" was needed to tackle Pakistan.


"It has not decreased. I am the Home Minister. I know confidential matters. I have the IB with me. It has not decreased. There should be no doubts on that score. I can only say that the 56-inch chest is there," the channel quoted Singh as saying in a press release.


The Home Minister said he wanted to give a message to Pakistan that it should curb terrorist activities on its soil.


"If Pakistan feels it does not have the capacity to curb terrorist activities, it should seek assistance from India. If they want, it can happen. They can also seek assistance from other countries of the world," he said.


Singh said there has been a 52 per cent decline in infiltration from Pakistan in the last two years. The number of security personnel killed by Maoists has come down.


On the terror attack in Pathankot, he said it is because of the government's strategy that the US asked Pakistan to cooperate in the investigation into the attack.

May 28, 2016 - 20:05 (IST)

Introspect instead of making false charges: BJP

BJP national secretary Shrikant Sharma said Congress should introspect instead of making "false charges" against the government which is trying to set right the "wrongs" committed during UPA rule.


"Congress is passing through bad times and should introspect as to why it is shrinking and why people are rejecting it. Congress will not benefit by attacking the Modi government and by making false allegations against it," Sharma said at a press conference.


The BJP leader also accused the Congress of propagating Pakistan's "saffron terror theory" to tarnish India's image world-wide and  "glorifying" terrorists like Ishrat Jehan.


"As a failed Home Minister, you gave saffron terror theory as propounded by Pakistan to tarnish India's image worldwide and put innocents behind bars for your political gains and for votebank politics.


"Now when law is taking its course, Congress is frustrated and is trying to point fingers at the role of intelligence agencies," he said.

May 28, 2016 - 20:02 (IST)

Chidambaram tells Centre to handle their economy instead of hitting back at the Opposition

Congress and BJP sparred over Modi government's performance with former Union Minister P Chidambaram attacking the Centre on its handling of economy and BJP hitting back asking the opposition party to introspect instead of levelling "false charges". Rejecting Chidambaram's criticism, BJP called him a "failed Finance Minister under whom the country GDP's grew below 5 per cent while it was rising at 7.5 per cent" under Modi government.


Chidambaram accused the Modi government of failing to go for bold structural reforms, needed to give a push to the economy, and said it should pluck up courage for it and also engage with the Opposition.


At a press conference on two years of Modi government, he wondered that "if agriculture and industry are in distress, what is there to celebrate?"

May 28, 2016 - 19:55 (IST)

GST will lead to economic integration in India: Jaitley on event marking #Modi2Years

As regards the domestic black money, the four-month compliance window will open on June 1 and will provide an opportunity to such people to come clean by paying a tax and penalty of 45 percent. Jaitley said the government has taken action against those who had illegal accounts in Liechtenstein, a tax haven, and HSBC.


"Taxation authorities completed assessment of those people and filed criminal cases against those who had stashed money illegally in Liechtenstein," he said. "We signed agreement with Switzerland and got details of those people (having accounts in HSBC). We completed assessment of those people who had accounts in HSBC, Switzerland. We assessed Rs 6,000 crore black money which was in HSBC. We filed criminal cases against them," he added.


Talking about macroeconomic trends, Jaitley said a low global demand is a problem as global trends impact the domestic market scenario. "Urban demand is on rise in India. Sales of automobiles, cement are going up, so the urban demand is increasing. I think, real challenge is to increase the rural demand," he said.


Referring to issues related to taxation, Jaitley said, "Goods and Services Tax (GST) will lead to economic integration of India. It will also bring taxation rate down in long-run. It will make the economy more competitive and it will also add to larger revenue (collection). Hopefully it will also add to the GDP itself."

May 28, 2016 - 19:53 (IST)

Good monsoon will boost growth: Jaitley

Answering questions on economy, Jaitley said a good monsoon will give further boost to growth.

With a helpful global economic scenario, he said, India can achieve 8-9 per cent growth rate, but it would be difficult to achieve this rate in a slowing world economy. "The economy is growing this year, which we also call green-shoots... If monsoon is good this year, then rural economy will get boost and overall India's economy will benefit," he said.

"First time, India has emerged as the fastest-growing major economy in the world. We are growing at 7.5 percent. Compared to other countries we are growing at a faster rate, (but) it is still below our expectation.

"If world economy growth helps our economic growth, then country's growth (will) increase. In a fast-growing world, we can grow at 8-9 per cent. If world is growing slowly, then it is a difficult challenge to achieve 8-9 per cent growth," he added.

May 28, 2016 - 19:51 (IST)

Jaitley talks about Panama Papers at event marking 2 years of PM Modi

Warning of strict action against people stashing black money, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said prosecution would be initiated against those found to have parked funds illegally in accounts named in 'Panama Papers'. "If illegal money is found in accounts of those who are named in Panama case, then they will also be prosecuted as in case of HSBC accounts," he said at a gala event organised by the government to celebrate the Modi government's two years.

Hundreds of Indians have been named in the leaked 'Panama Papers' about entities having accounts in offshore tax havens. Jaitley said the government came out in the last fiscal with a law to deal with black money stashed abroad and was now focusing on domestic black money.

Stating that those failing to make the disclosure under this scheme face imprisonment up to 10 years, Jaitley said the law to deal with black money stashed abroad has yielded about Rs 4,000 crore.

A five-hour long gala event has been organized at India Gate in New Delhi on Saturday evening to mark two years of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance government at the Centre.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with senior Union ministers and chief ministers of all BJP-ruled states will attend the event. BJP chief Amit Shah will also be present.

Film personalities including Amitabh Bachchan and Anupam Kher will be grace the occasion. Several top business tycoons and foreign envoys are also expected to attend the celebrations. Multiple security agencies have made elaborate arrangements in and around the venue to secure the VVIPs.

The entire area has been cordoned off and CCTV cameras installed at vital locations. NSG commandos will guard the venue during the event and entry for the grand event is restricted. India Gate has turned into a fortress, according to TV reports. Massive security arrangements are in place before the event begins.

Modi2Years LIVE Big B koi nahi hota says Amitabh at India Gate event

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Meghalaya on Friday. PTI

Top BJP leaders led by the party chief Amit Shah on Friday had highlighted the "achievements" of Narendra Modi government during its two years in office, claiming they included empowerment of the poor, infrastructure growth and youth-led devlopment.

Top echelon of the government including Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Rail Minister Suresh Prabhu, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, besides Shah, were present as Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman made a presentation to highlight its performance at an interaction with senior editors from various media houses here.

The presentation also claimed that the common man has "benefited" due to "low inflation" and "stable price" regime and India has emerged as a "bright spot" in the world with high growth rate of 7.6 percent. In the power-point presentation on a whole range of economic and social issues, BJP claimed that the nation is "transforming" and moving ahead in all spheres.

"IMF calls India a bright spot," according to the presentation. The country has become the highest recipient of foreign direct investment and insurance sector alone has attracted Rs 9,000 crore froam abroad, it said.

Besides, Sitharaman said, the government has taken various initiatives including Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, and Deen Dyal Upadhyay Antyodaya Yojana for empowering poor.

Many other social security schemes have also been announced by the government which provide insurance at affordable premium for the poor. As per the presentation, Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY) has been subscribed by 2.96 crore, Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY) by 9.43 crore and Atal Pension Yojana (APY) 26 lakh since its launch.

Pradhan Mantri Micro Units Development & Refinance Agency (MUDRA) Yojana has benefited 3.48 beneficiaries by providing collateral free loans to small entrepreneurs worth Rs 1.37 lakh crore.

Direct Benefit Transfer has also benefited the poor as it has eliminated leakage, as per the presentation.

Subsidies and benefits of 59 schemes being transferred thorough DBT and government has been able to save about Rs 36,000 crore. On infrastructure development, the presentation said 6029 km of highways were constructed in 2015-16 and 7,108 villages are electrified.

India has become the world's clean energy capital, as per the presentation.

With regard to initiatives in the farm sector, the government has launched many schemes including Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana Pradhan Mantri Fasal Beema Yojana and E-platform for National Agriculture Market to help farmers fetch the best price for their produce.

On black money, it said, many steps have been taken including passage of Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets and Imposition of Tax Act, 2015. Besides, enhanced enforcement measures resulted in unearthing of tax evasion of approximately Rs 50,000 crore of indirect taxes and undisclosed income of Rs 21,000 crore and prosecutions launched in 1,466 cases.

With emphasis on youth employment, the government has provided training to 19.55 lakh under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana.

The government has been able to pass various key legislations and economic reforms including Insolvent and Bankruptcy Code.

With its focus on Uttar Pradesh which goes to polls early next year, BJP is also planning to launch a series of programmes to highlight the achievement of its government that completes two years. BJP national general secretary Anil Jain said that top cabinet ministers and party leaders will also hold various programmes to highlight the achievement of the government across the country from 27 May 27 to 15 June.

The BJP leader said that from May 27, the programme will be launched all over the country covering almost all the states. "The programme will cover 198 cities while 33 teams have been formed in which Cabinet ministers, Minister of States and party leaders are there. These three member team will visit six states," he said.

After the Congress targeted the Modi government on its completion of two years in office wondering "what was there to celebrate", BJP hit back saying the NDA dispensation had done more than what the main opposition party did when in power and accused the erstwhile UPA government of creating "records in corruption".

It accused Congress of practising "negative" politics and speaking "untruth" to target the Narendra Modi government and attacked it, saying the opposition party was rejected by people in state after state due to this while people have accepted the saffron party.

"The government began well from where Congress had left... committing massive corruption. Whether it is allocation of 2G spectrum or coal blocks or direct cash transfer to LPG consumers and MNREGA workers.

"For the first time, 50000 villages were provided with broadband facilities. Every panchayat and small township were given Rs 80 lakh and Rs 21 crore. Out government also sanctioned one rank-one pension to ex-servicemen. We did in two years what Congress governments could not do in 60 years," its national secretary Shrikant Sharma said.

Congress and BJP have been involved in a war of words over the massive campaign by the ruling party over the second anniversary celebration of the government. The main opposition party wondered "what was there for it to celebrate".

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