New Delhi: The BJP on Monday said the first
anniversary of UPA-II was marked by "disappointment and
betrayal of common man" and that price rise, corruption and
surge in Naxal violence were the "achievements" of the
government which could complete one year by "misusing" CBI.
"This year was of the year of betrayal to aam adami, year
of massive corruption in government and administration, year
of inhuman atrocities by Naxalites," Leader of Opposition in
Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj said.
"I can`t understand what are the celebrations for. Are
they celebrating the death of people in Naxal violence, or
celebrating 2G spectrum scam? What are you celebrating?" she
The first year of the UPA-II should be termed as a "black
year", Swaraj said during a demonstration organised here by
the Delhi unit of BJP to protest the government`s policy on
price rise, terrorism, Naxalism and unemployment.
She alleged that the UPA-II has committed the "biggest
betrayal" of the common man, though votes were sought in the
name of `aam aadmi` before the elections.
"What have they (UPA) done in one year -- harassed aam
adami with price rise, made some of its ministers rich and
gave Naxal menace to the security forces. This is the
achievement of this government," she charged.
She described UPA as "Unlimited Problems Alliance".
"Sometimes the alliance parties, sometimes their
supporting parties or at other times Congress` own party
members create problems," the BJP leader said.
"Among alliance partners, sometimes NCP becomes reason of
headache, sometimes DMK and sometimes TC. Among the supporting
parties, RJD and SP leaders threaten to give letter
for withdrawing their support to the government on the issue
of women`s reservation bill," she said.
"So far as their own members are concerned, Digvijay
Singh speaks against (P) Chidambaram. Sometimes Manishankar
(Aiyar) speaks against Chidambaram. Shashi Tharoor speaks
against his own government. Jairam Ramesh speaks against its
own government. And finally Shashi Tharoor paid his price for
speaking out of turn," she said.
She also accused "some" of the ministers of not doing
"There is one Chemical and Fertiliser Minister. Neither
he comes to Parliament nor goes to Cabinet. We have not seen
his face till date. Nobody has seen him. Neither Lok Sabha
Speaker nor Rajya Sabha Chairman. No one knows what does he
look like," she said describing M K Azhagiri as a
Swaraj also took on HRD Minister Kapil Sibal, describing
him as an "announcement minister".
"There is one minister who makes announcements before any
decision is taken and later, after reactions, withdraws them
-- (he is) Kapil Sibal. He says Central school quota (for MPs
and Ministers) has been abolished but after reactions, he
restores the quota," she said.
Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley said one year of UPA-II
was the "year of disappointment"
The government "has managed its one year term by misusing
constitutional institutions", he alleged.
He claimed that government "misused" the CBI to keep some
of its allies, whose leaders are facing disproportionate
assets cases, under control. The Congress-led government
"always controls the political activities of the political
parties by misusing CBI against those leaders who are facing
CBI cases," Jaitley charged.
Hitting out at the government`s policies, he said that
while prices have come down around the world, in India the
government has failed to control them.
"It is theory of economics that prices go down during
recession and prices are in control in other parts of the
world. But see the failure of this government.
"There has been a rise of 17 to 19 per cent in prices of
foodgrains while foodgrains are rotting in government godowns
and being eaten by rats," he said.
Jaitley also attacked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
saying that despite being an economist, he does not have any
idea how to control prices.
"When he is asked today what will happen to the
sky rocketing prices, he said, `I hope prices will come
down`," Jaitely said adding that each minister of the
government raises hopes, but prices soar high.
On Maoist menace, he said Congress-led government is now
in dilemma whether it should adopt a "strict" policy or a
"soft" policy against Naxals as there has been differences of
opinion over the issue within the alliance.
"Prime Minister says that Maoist violence has become the
biggest problem in this country. During UPA-I, government was
incapable of understanding this problem. During UPA-II,
initially it appeared that it will take some steps but the
situation with this government is now that each leader speaks
against the government`s policy," he said.
"First, a Congress general secretary spoke against the
government`s policy. Then other leaders and finally came the
situation that Congress President too wrote a letter to
Congress workers against the government`s policy," Jaitley
On UPA`s foreign policy, he alleged that government
was working at the behest of "foreign powers".
"Foreign policy is now adopted at the behest of foreign
powers. Atalji`s foreign policy was that no talks will be held
with Pakistan till it uses its soil (in sponsoring terror)
against India. But UPA`s policy is that it will continue with
the dialogue process with Pakistan even as the latter
continues to sponsor terror from its soil," he said.
"The situation with this government is that one of its
ministers speaks in favour of Chinese companies. Home Minister
says he has limited power bestowed on him by Cabinet to fight
against Maoism," he added.
Jaitely said the year gone by saw the Opposition make one
achievement. "We came out with flying colours in Parliament in
the test to determine which is the real opposition in this
country and which is the fake," he said.
He also said the year witnessed the advent of a "new
generation of leadership" in BJP, referring to party president
"I think if first year was the year of disappointment for
this government, BJP had a year of good leadership, year of
struggle and the coming years will be of more challenges," he