‘BJP to bring `people`s report card` on UPA-II’
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Last Updated: Wednesday, June 01, 2011, 21:18
  
New Delhi: Dubbing the UPA-II as a "failed" government, BJP on Wednesday said it would bring out a 'people's report card' on the Manmohan Singh government to expose its "anti-people" policies.

"I had thought that the government will be too embarrassed to hold a programme to mark its two years in office. But I was surprised to see a beaming (UPA Chairperson) Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Singh issuing a report card on the UPA II's performance," Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj said here.

The BJP leader said the BJP plans top bring out a 'people's report card' in the near future, in a bid to expose the government's anti-people policies. She, however, did not give any time frame.

"The contents of the people's report card should be memorised by the workers so that they can inform the people about the performance of UPA II," she said.

Swaraj was addressing a public meeting on the performance of the UPA-II government during its two years in office.

"While releasing the report card, Gandhi and Singh promised to root out corruption. It is nothing but a lie as one of their ministers and a senior party MP are in jail over charges of corruption. An MP of its ally is also in jail," she said.

Terming the government as a "failed" one, she said the term "oversight" is popular with its ministers and officers.

"Be it the faulty list of most wanted or the External Affairs Minister reading out the speech of his Portuguese counterpart, the only excuse they can think of its oversight...it is a 'Ram bharose' government," she said.

Swaraj said besides various cases of corruption and scams, the government is also responsible for spiralling prices and lack of food security.

"The fuel prices have been hiked nine times during the past two years," she said.

She also accused the government of doing little to increase capacity to store food grains. "While people have little to eat, foodgrain is rotting in godowns," she said.

Attacking the government for its decision to induct activist Binayak Sen into a Planning Commission panel on health, she said the High Court had convicted him of treason and the Supreme Court merely granted him bail and did not drop the charges.

"Do we lack good doctors that Sen had to be inducted in the panel?" she asked.

On the issue of land acquisition, she said the government was not willing to bring the Land Acquisition Act. "Farm lands are being given to corporates. The result is drop in production of foodgrain," she said.

Speaking on the occasion, party leader Ananth Kumar termed Gandhi as a 'gangotri' (fountainhead) of corruption.

"For every allegation of corruption, the Prime Minister says he is not aware of it. At best he apologises in Parliament. We don't need a PM who is not aware of happenings in his government," he said.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, June 01, 2011, 21:18


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