Modi govt has burdened people with price rise: Hooda
Chandigarh: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Monday attacked Narendra Modi government, saying though BJP promised good days before polls, steps taken by the Centre in the past one month have "burdened" people with price rise and indicate that the future is far from bright.
"The BJP government, which has taken many anti-people decisions during the past over a month of coming to power, has shown that the future is far from being bright," the Congress leader said while addressing a party rally at Ladwa in Kurukshetra district.
"The BJP sold dreams of `ache din` (good days) to people. During the Lok Sabha elections, an atmosphere was created and people were made to vote for an individual and not for any policies or programmes of BJP. An impression was given that the individual (Modi) has some magic wand which will solve all problems facing this country," Hooda said.
He said the steps which the BJP-led government has taken during the past over a month has "exposed" its "hollow claims" of good days.
"Its policies, including increase in train fare, fuel and sugar price hikes, have started burdening the people. Besides, the price of cooking gas is all set to increase. Instead of bringing `ache din` for the people, BJP has brought `mehnge din` (days of price rise)," he said.
Hooda said people were made to expect that once Modi became the Prime Minister, diesel will be sold for Rs 40 per litre, milk for Rs 20 per litre and prices of other consumable items will also be slashed.
"But all hopes have been dashed. The aspirations with which people voted for Modi are fast turning into disappointment and the people have already started feeling cheated," he said.
Speaking on the occasion, former party MP from Kurukshetra industrialist Naveen Jindal said BJP only sells dreams to people, but fails to deliver.
"Haryana has prospered during the Congress rule. We will work even harder to further lead our state on the growth of progress," Jindal said.
Attacking BJP further, Hooda said the party can never become pro-farmer, labourer or weaker section.
He claimed that during the nine-year tenure of Congress government, "Haryana has reached number one position from 14th in terms of development".
Farmers in the state are getting power for eight hours, villages for 14 hours and cities for 24 hours, he said, adding that farmers are being supplied electricity for 10 paise per unit.
Referring to the possibility of a weak monsoon in the north-west states including Haryana this year, Hooda said, "I want to assure the farmers of my state that the government will see to it that not even a single acre of land of my peasants goes dry".
Expressing confidence that Congress will form the government in the state for the third consecutive term, Hooda said the results of upcoming Assembly polls will be different from the Lok Sabha elections.
In the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections, Congress managed to retain just the Rohtak seat, as against nine of the total 10 seats it won in 2009. BJP won seven of the eight seats it contested this time.
Assembly polls in Haryana are due in October this year.
Haryana Congress President Ashok Tanwar also spoke at the rally.
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