New Delhi: The Congress on Monday accused the Narendra Modi government of “doing nothing” on issues it held dear, saying he has become “chowkidar of the corrupt”.
Before he took over as prime minister, Narendra Modi would say that parliament would be rid of corrupt people, even if they belonged to his own Bharatiya Janata Party, former union minister Kapil Sibal told a press conference here on the eve of the beginning of monsoon session of parliament.
“He (Modi) said he was a ‘chowkidar’ (watchman) of the nation’s wealth and would not allow the corrupt to steal it. But now he has become the ‘chowkidar’ of the corrupt,” claimed Sibal.
He alleged that eight of the new faces inducted in the government had declared criminal cases.
“There are twice as many ministers facing criminal cases as the previous UPA,” he said.
Sibal also alleged that there was confusion in the government over its policy concerning Pakistan and China, and it was not giving due importance to African and West Asian countries in its foreign policy.
On the smooth functioning of parliament, Sibal said that the BJP when in opposition would maintain that obstruction was part of its parliamentary strategy, but now it seemed to be thinking otherwise.
“Top BJP leaders used to say obstruction is part of parliamentary strategy,” he noted.
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.