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BJP ‘charge-sheets’ Sonia, Rahul Gandhi

BJP ‘charge-sheets’ Sonia, Rahul Gandhi
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BJP ‘charge-sheets’ Sonia, Rahul Gandhi. Even as the BJP is struggling to find suitable dates for releasing its election manifesto, it came out with a voluminous charge-sheet, A Dark Decade in Governance- that listed a series of allegations against the Congress-led UPA government.

New Delhi: Even as the BJP is struggling to find suitable dates for releasing its election manifesto, it came out with a voluminous charge-sheet, A Dark Decade in Governance- that listed a series of allegations against the Congress-led UPA government.

In a no-holds-barred attack on the government, it accused Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi of compromising the dignity and integrity of the office of the Prime Minister.
In the nine-point charge-sheet, the Congress was accused of the destruction of the economy, an endless saga of scams and corruption that threatened national security, foreign policy failure, neglect of development of North-East, failure in education and health, undermining institutions like CAG and CVC and the failure to honour their 2009 election manifesto promises.
Justifying the demand for Congress-Mukt Bharat, BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said, "Sonia and Rahul are equally responsible for ills begetting the nation. They wanted to exercise authority without accountability."
The office of the Prime Minister was devalued, its integrity compromised and the entire governance suffered seriously, leading to gross mismanagement of Indian economy, sense of insecurity and a big dent to the national and global image of India.
Lashing out at its claims of being a "pro-poor" and "development-oriented" government, the BJP gave a detailed account of 10 scams under the tenure of the UPA regime, terming it as the "most corrupt government since independence."
The scams listed out were - 2G Spectrum scam to the tune of Rs 1,76,000 crore; coal scam that cost the State Exchequer Rs 1,85,000 crore; CWG scam that accounted for Rs 70,000 crore; IGI Airport land grant scam of Rs 50,000 crore; Air India Scam of Rs 25,000-Rs 30,000 crore; rotten food scam Rs 58,000 crore; Hasan Ali Money Laundering Scam Rs 54,000 crore; ISRO-Devas Scam Rs 2 lakh crore; Defence Land Scam of Rs 10,000 crore and LIC Housing Loan Scam worth Rs 10,000 crores.
The BJP did not spare Robert Vadra or his land scam.
On the issue of national security, it said that in the past two years alone, more than 500 incidents of border violations by Chinese troops have been reported. The UPA government failed to correctly assess the military implications of these developments and take steps to shore up India's defences.
Similarly, on internal security, the BJP condemned the UPA's failure in checking the flow of illegal immigrants to India despite the declaration from the Supreme Court that it tantamount to a war against India.
"Illegal immigration from Bangladesh is a major internal security concern and terrorist groups also find a ready base for furthering their activities," it stated. Besides, it pointed out to the cycle of violence in J&K and the permission given to the separatist leaders to travel to Pakistan that provided an impetus to anti-India forces from across the border to carry forward their destabilizing activities in the State. Series of accidents on board submarines and in naval dockyards have shocked the nation. The BJP said that the resignation of the naval chief Admiral Joshi was in keeping with the honoured tradition of the Navy, but the civilian government and its Minister have taken no responsibility at all.
Terming the Congress-led UPA government a "disaster for the country," the charge-sheet in its conclusion, stated that it has only left a legacy of suffering, agony, disappointment and hopelessness for the people of India. Its misdeeds in various fields have shaken the very foundation of the country.
"We do hope that the time for redemption has come," it concluded.
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