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Vijayawada: PM Narendra Modi government failed on all fronts in last nine years, claims Congress MP N Uttam Kumar Reddy
Congress MP N Uttam Kumar Reddy on Saturday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi BJP government at the Centre has failed on all fronts in the last nine years with common people not getting any relief.
Vijayawada : Congress MP N Uttam Kumar Reddy on Saturday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi BJP government at the Centre has failed on all fronts in the last nine years with common people not getting any relief.
Addressing media persons at Vijayawada on Saturday as part of the Congress party’s nationwide campaign ’9 saal, 9 sawaal - chuppitodiya Pradhan Mantri Ji’, wherein PM Modi has been asked to give replies to questions on nine key issues pertaining to nine years of BJP rule. The questions pertained to the economy, farmers, corruption, national security, social harmony, social justice and other issues.
“The prices of all essential commodities have relentlessly risen since 2014, even though oil prices have fallen from $ 100/barrel to $70/barrel over the same period. Youth unemployment has risen to 30-40 per cent, while real wages have fallen for the poor. This is a disastrous record.
Demonetisation and GST have destroyed small businesses without eliminating black money, and Demon 2.0 announced recently is a fresh reminder of your government’s heartless approach,” he said while asking PM Modi to answer why inflation and unemployment were skyrocketing in India.
“Why have the rich become richer and the poor become poorer? Why is public property being sold to PM Modi’s friends, even as economic disparities are increasing?” he asked.
The Congress MP questioned the government’s failure to honour the agreements made with farmers while repealing the three black farm laws. He criticized the absence of a legal guarantee for Minimum Support Price (MSP) and the lack of progress in doubling farmers’ incomes over the past nine years.
He accused the government of favouring cronies in the agricultural sector and neglecting the needs of farmers, whose average income stands at a meagre Rs 27 per day. He expressed concerns about the government’s alleged favouritism towards industrialist Adani. He accused the government of jeopardising the hard-earned savings of citizens invested in institutions like the Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) and the State Bank of India (SBI).
“The Modani Mega Scam exposed how national assets like LIC and SBI are risking the savings of crores of policyholders and depositors to make investments and loans to risky companies like Adani. The Adani monopoly is contributing to higher prices for electricity and flights, and research shows that the monopolisation of the Indian economy increases inflation,” he said. He also criticised the government’s leniency towards individuals involved in corruption and highlighted the prevalence of corruption in BJP-ruled states, leading to suffering among the Indian population.
Reddy raised questions about the government’s handling of the border issue with China. He criticised the government’s lack of action and strategic planning, highlighting the absence of a National Security Strategy and the reduction in defence spending. He also expressed concerns about the controversial Agnipath Scheme, which he argued could weaken the Armed Forces.
Uttamaccused the government of employing divisive politics to gain electoral advantages, resulting in an atmosphere of fear and hatred in society. He criticised policies like the Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens, which he claimed discriminated against certain religious groups.
He pointed out the significant increase in hate crimes since 2014 and the government’s alleged inaction in addressing violence and hate speech perpetrated by members of the ruling party. “While you encourage divisiveness for electoral gain, you are too often silent on the violence that has rampaged through Delhi, Manipur and other places in the country,” he said. He said the government’s alleged disregard for social justice principles. He expressed concern about the rise in atrocities against Dalits and criticised the government’s refusal to conduct a caste census.