UPA govt not keen on passing Food Security, Land Acquisition bills: BJP
New Delhi: Countering the government's and Congress' allegations that the NDA has been an irresponsible and disruptive Opposition, BJP on Thursday said the Manmohan Singh dispensation is not keen on passing the Food Security and Land Acquisition bills and trying to put the blame on it.
The main Opposition also picked holes in the UPA report card on its performance in the last four years and said it is making false claims of success. BJP charged that the report card does not stand scrutiny on figures, facts and statements made in the document.
"We want the Food Security and the Land Acquisition bills to be passed with certain amendments," BJP spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi told reporters here. He rubbished UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi's charge that the Opposition had frequently disrupted Parliament which had prevented passage of important bills.
"Did this government not get the Indo-US Civilian Nuclear Deal and the FDI in multi-brand retail issues passed in Parliament despite our opposition to them. So why can they not get the Food Security and the Land Acquisition bills passed? The first two were matters of interest to them but these two bills are not," Trivedi said.
BJP alleged that though Congress has been in power for 56 years since Independence yet it has failed to provide food security to the people. "Even today two-thirds of the population of this country needs food security. Congress should apologise to the nation for this," Trivedi said.
He also refuted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's contention yesterday that when Congress-led UPA came to power in 2004, it inherited a glass which was "half-empty". BJP cited GDP growth figures to claim that the glass was full to the brim in 2004 and Congress-led UPA is responsible for the dismal economic situation prevalent today.