Bangalore: As UPA-II completed two years in
office, the BJP on Sunday dubbed it the "most dishonest"
government in the history of independent India and charged
it with failing on fundamental issues of corruption and price
"The two fundamental issues on which the UPA-II has
completely failed are corruption and price rise," senior BJP
leader M Venial Nady told a news conference here. "The
UPA-2 has been the most dishonest government in the history".
It was an irony that a distinguished economist believed
to be the most honest (Prime Minister Mammon Singh) was
heading the most corrupt regime in independent India, he said.
"The 2G scam involving a sum of Rs 1,76,000 core, perhaps
the biggest scam ever that took place in the country, is the
biggest shame on the UPA-II," Nady said.
"Scams are stupendous and stunning. The scams that have
seen the light are the scam of export and import of food
involving thousands of cores of money, the CG scam involving
Rs 70,000 core, the IL scam, the S-band spectrum scam
involving the PM, the Adara Society scam involving senior
Army/AIS officers and ministers and startling and shocking
telephone tapping to mobilise support and harass political
opponents," the former BJP President said.
Nady said the biggest failure of the UPA government had
been its sheer inability to contain the spiralling price rise
of essential commodities. The tremendous rise in food prices
has hurt the poor the most, he said.
"For almost three years we had a double digit inflation
in the Wholesale Price Index. The petrol prices have been
raised 20 times in the name of rationalisation", he said.
The BJP said the UPA`s regime is a "saga of betrayals".
"Its performance is shameful and scamful. Indecision,
inaction, incompetence, irresponsibility and irreparable
damage to the institutions are the hall marks of UPA-2," he
said. Naidu said the "inexcusable goof-ups" in the list of
"most-wanted" terrorists given to Pakistan by the Home
Ministry had made India a "laughing stock" in the
"It shows the casual approach of the government in such a
sensitive security matter. There is no political leadership to
guide the government and hence there is a divergent approach
between the party leadership and the government", he said.
On the issue of black money, the BJP said the Centre was
taking no action against those who have stashed thousands of
crores of unaccounted money illegally in foreign shores
despite repeated rebukes from the Supreme Court.
"Certainly, their identities are to be made public. Why is
the Government so active in maintaining the secrecy for which
after all the defaulters have to be prosecuted? Why is the
UPA government so keen and hell bent on protecting the
tax-evaders?", Naidu asked.
"The list of unfulfilled promises is unending", he said,
citing, among others the right to food, physical
infrastructure in rural areas, six-lane highways, nine per
cent growth rate, law on land acquisition and rehabilitation,
judicial and police reforms. "Nothing has been fulfilled".