New Delhi: The BJP on Saturday slammed Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi for taking potshots at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and dubbed his speech in Bihar’s Champaran as “immature”.
“MrRahul Gandhi needs a new script writer as his speeches have become stale. It was an extremely immature speech,” BJP spokesperson MJ Akbar told IANS.
“At one point of time during his speech, Mr Gandhi said that you can’t take economic decisions in the company of such people who who wear costly watches and keep costly pens. He may not understand the value of a pen but a mature man does,” he added.
Akbar questioned the absence of Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal-United leader Nitish Kumar and Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad from the Champaran rally.
“It is now clear why seniors like Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad did not share the dais with him,” he said.
Taking potshots at Modi over his poll promises without taking his name, Gandhi on Saturday called him a “feku“. Loosely translated, the Hindi word ‘feku’ means someone who bluffs.
“He had promised two lakh jobs, promised Rs 15 lakh in each of your accounts, to control inflation. One year of the Modi government has gone. Did it happen? Has anyone got Rs 15 lakh? Has inflation been controlled? Has anyone got employment? Feku tha, hai,” the Congress vice president said without taking Modi’s name.
The Modi government hasnt scored too well on farmers issues, jobs and prices of essential commodities at the end of its four years in power, according to an online survey that also found a substantial number of people calling its performance “below expectations”.
The survey done by LocalCircles, a community social media platform, says that 43 per cent of those who participated in the poll rated the government as performing below expectations, 29 per cent rated it as meeting them and 28 per cent said the government was “exceeding expectations.
“Most performance parameters (of the government) show a decline over time as the gap between expectations set and impact on daily life rises,” according to the survey done with over 62,000 citizens from over 250 districts across the country. Thirty-five per cent respondents were females.
According to LocalCircles, each person who voted in the survey is registered with the portal with their detailed information and in many cases they shared their residential address.
The respondents have rated the government low on reducing crime against women and children, generating employment, improving farmers life, lowering cost of living and healthcare, the survey says.
However, it has scored well on improving India’s image globally, handling of Pakistan, fighting terrorism, infrastructure development and reducing tax harassment.
“Around 60 per cent citizens said price of essential commodities and cost of living have not reduced. Only 33 per cent believe that the price of essential commodities have come down in the last four years.”
According to the poll, around 32 per cent respondents feel that crime against women and children have reduced in the last four years while 58 per cent feel otherwise.
In the area of healthcare, only 32 per cent respondents believe that facilities and services have improved in the last four years whereas 62 per cent say no it has not.
On the state of the economy, 54 per cent respondents believe that the unemployment rate hasn’t reduced in the last four years, while 35 per cent think otherwise.
Around 46 per cent respondents believe that doing business in India was now easier while 39 per cent say it is not the case.
The respondents were asked if sufficient new infrastructure development — roads, power, irrigation, broadband — had taken place in the last four years.
“Approximately 65 per cent said yes while 29 per cent said no.”
Around 49 per cent respondents believe that corruption in India has reduced in the last four years while 44 per cent believe it has not reduced.
Asked if they felt India’s image had improved, 82 per cent said yes while 13 per cent said no.