In an exclusive interview to Rajya Sabha TV, Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma pointed out to Sushma Swaraj’s role in the Lalit Modi controversy. He called her act “a case of gross impropriety”. Sharma, who is also the Deputy Leader of the Congress in the Upper House, dismissed the NDA government’s claims of turning around the economy. According to him, the government led by PM Modi has not lived up to the expectations of the people in the first year of its tenure.
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Sushma Swaraj’s act is a case of gross impropriety
On the Lalit Modi controversy, Sharma criticised External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj. Sharma said that, “how can the EAM ask for emergency documents from the UK when the Congress has been calling Lalit Modi an absconder for so many years?” He called Ms. Swaraj’s act “a gross case of impropriety”. Sushma Swaraj is alleged to have helped Lalit Modi get travel documents from UK authorities when his passport was revoked.
NDA government should walk the talk
Crticising the government for making tall claims, Anand Sharma said they rode to power on a tsunami of hopes and promises but have not fulfilled them . He also said that “people are feeling betrayed after one year of NDA government in power.”
Economic indicators are not healthy
Former Union Minister Anand Sharma blamed the Centre for ruining the economy. He said, “The UPA left a very healthy economy when it demitted office but now after one year exports have gone down by 20 percent.” Other indicators are also not positive, he added. On the issue of inflation, he said, “the government is not passing the benefits to the people so there is no relief for the common man.”
Major cut in the spending on social sector schemes
Pointing out the cut in allocation of funds to the social sector, Sharma said, “The NDA government is insensitive, anti-poor and has misplaced priorities.” He dismissed the new social sector schemes launched by PM Modi as just a “mirage”.
On Land bill, government is misleading people
On the controversial Land Acquisition Bill, Sharma said Congress will continue to oppose the changes brought in the bill. He called it “anti-farmer”. He also said added that the bill brought by UPA in 2013 had all the necessary provisions required for acquisition of land for various projects.