The Opposition Congress on Monday took on the incumbent BJP government while debating in Rajya Sabha on the Motion of Thanks to the President’s address. The leader of the opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad accused the Centre of taking credit for all schemes of the UPA govt by changing names.
Listing the names of government schemes, the senior Congress leader claimed that those were just the copies of previous UPA government led by his party. He counted names of the schemes initiated by the UPA, juxtaposing them with the names of the schemes of the current regimes.
Azad specifically criticised the government for falling short on the issues of agriculture, the state of economy and the internal security issue in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
“In our times when the petrol was costing USD 112/barrel, fuel prices in India were even lower than today,” he said.
He also referred to the recent verdict of the special CBI court acquitting all the accused in the alleged 2G spectrum allocation case. The issue had wrecked Manmohan Singh government, which faced corruption allegations.
“Only 50% of the targeted toilets have been constructed under the Swachh Bharat Scheme,” Azad said targeting the government over its flagship scheme.
Earlier in the afternoon, BJP president Amit Shah had come down heavily on the Congress party and other Congress-allied opposition groups for the gaps in development of the key sectors like agriculture, economy, internal security, social structure over the years.
Speaking in the debate, other opposition groups also criticised the government.
Samajwadi Party’s Naresh Agarwal claimed that Budget has disappointed everyone. “No section has got anyone,” he said. He also accused the government of using central agencies of targeting the Opponents.
The SP leader also raised the issues of Kulbhushan Jadhav, repeated firing by the Pakistan at the LoC. “What happened to Kulbhushan Jadhav… what about other Indians languishing in Pakistan jails?,” he said.
Agarwal also opposed the simultaneous polls for the Lok Sabha and Assemblies, as has been mooted by the government.
Another opposition leader Sukhendu Shekar Roy (Trinamool Congress) criticised the government on the issue of health care and state of economy.
“Why the income of farmers have not been doubled in last four years. Who will answer this? Farmers are committing suicide everyday but only now government is talking about agrarian distress,” Roy said.