‘BJP to bring `people`s report card` on UPA-II’
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
"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
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
"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.
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