New Delhi: Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, in a fresh attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, asked why latter do not highlight his government achievements in the Parliament. Talking to media in Jaipur, on Tuesday, Azad said, “If the Prime Minister has done so much work, why he doesn’t talk about it in the Parliament? Why does he speak of his works in places where nobody can verify what he says?”
He further said that Modi was the first prime minister of the country who did not present the account of his foreign visits in the House. “Whenever a prime minister returns from a foreign visit, he briefs the Parliament about the visits and his meetings… But Modi never tells that to the Parliament. Parliamentary traditions are being broken,” the leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha said.
Targeting the manifesto released by BJP on Tuesday, Azad said that it was a document of illusion. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had released poll manifesto for the upcoming Rajasthan assembly state 2018 in Jaipur. Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had released Sankalp Patra.
“The BJP has just presented an illusion. Instead of this, the party should have presented the reality of the 665 promises made in the 2013 elections,” Congress leader Randeep Surjewala said.
He termed Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley a “blog minister” and said the public had already rejected Vasundhara Raje as chief minister.
Surjewala also released facts related to the agriculture sector in the state, saying 62 per cent of the farmers’ families were debt-ridden. He wondered if Jaitley and Raje could waive off Rs 2.63 lakh crore of a handful of industrialists, then why not the debt of farmers.
Releasing the manifesto, Vasundhara Raje had claimed that her government met 630 of 665 promises made in the 2013 election manifesto.
The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had won 163 seats and the Congress 23 seats in the 14th assembly election held in 2013. Elections in Rajasthan have been a two-party affair—the BJP and Congress.
Vasundhara Raje has been the chief minister of the state for the full term of 5 years. She was also the chief minister from 2003 to 2008. In 2008, the BJP lost the elections and Congress party made its veteran leader Ashok Gehlot the chief minister of Rajasthan. In 2013, the BJP returned with a massive mandate and Vasundhara Raje again took the leadership of the state.
Single phase voting for the Rajasthan Assembly Election 2018 will be held on December 7, 2018, and counting of votes will take place on December 11, 2018, along with four other states—Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Chhattisgarh, and Mizoram. There are 200 assembly constituencies in Rajasthan.
While the Congress is pinning its hope on massive anti-incumbency factor against the BJP government in Rajasthan, the BJP can’t afford to lose the state that elects 25 Lok Sabha members. Currently, the BJP has 23 Lok Sabha seats and the Congress just 2. Six months before the Lok Sabha General Elections, the Rajasthan Assembly polls outcome is bound to impact both the parties’ plank for the Lok Sabha. If Congress wins, it will lift its spirit, it would be a comeback for that party that has been on the losing streak just before the Lok Sabha polls.