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By Sreyashi Mazumdar

 

Bhains ke Aage Been Bajana (In English, it translates to: ‘reading a book in front of a buffalo’)

While looking at the aforementioned Hindi proverb, one might get bemused at its colloquial usage and the frivolity it brings forth- the proverb essentially takes a jibe at nonchalance. However, if pondered properly, one might run into a stark emulation of the same in the great Indian parliamentary episodes.

Our parliamentarians seem to have turned a blind eye to the wailing farmers, to the frustrated ex servicemen and agitation students. Laying-off all grievous issues, our political leaders are busy throwing pots and pans at each other in their attempts at resolving political grudges.

The recent disruption of parliament, the suspension of 25 Congress MPs and their subsequent protest to the knee-jerk reaction and the incessant mudslinging essay the hamminess that our parliamentarians take to keeping aside their responsibilities as the vanguards of the greater mass.

A rookie who might not have a clear understanding of Indian politics or an individual unaware of the string of events pervading the same since its inception might end up concluding the new found rebellion projected by the opposition as a judicious attempt at cleansing corruption and treachery but an average mango-man of this country is well versed with the series of political vendetta that has wrecked the sanctity of Indian democracy.

“We want to enlighten the people of the country how things are going, on one side they are telling about clean government and on the other they are not behaving as per their promise”, said Congress in a DNA report.

“Every corruption, scam and loot of public money is being done under the guardianship of the Prime Minister by the Congress with impunity”, BJP, as quoted in a Firstpost report.

 

Despite being hollered by two different parties, both BJP and Congress had the same ailment to talk of. BJP’s take on Congress came in the wake of a nation-wide protest against the flurry of scams clogging the credibility of the ruling UPA 2 government, whereas Congress’s dig at BJP comes in wake of the recent disciplinary action taken up by the speaker Sumitra Mahajan owing to the havoc unleashed by the Congress MPs.

 

“We are disappointed that we have not been able to get crucial legislation enacted entirely because of this obstructionist approach, ” said Sonia Gandhi as quoted in a Firstpost report.

“The Congress party should accept and seriously introspect after having ruled the country for the longest period of time, that negativism hurts the country. Should its obstructionist tendencies inflict an economic injury on the country?”, finance minister Arun Jaitley said (in a Facebook post) on Congress Party’s position on GST.

Both the leaders ruminating on a similar line of thought spelled out their disenchantment at the obstructionist policies each time the opposition tried to disrupt the parliamentary discourse. Mrs Gandhi’s fervent request to deliberate on the Food Security Bill collectively came at a time when BJP was hell bent on wrecking the functioning of the parliament whereas Arun Jaitley’s dither state was propelled by the agitational approach donned by Congress at BJP’s every single policy.

“Issuing an ordinance is something which should be done in exceptional cases and between two sessions of parliament. We (BJP) are against the ordinance route at this point of time and will register our protest with the president of India”, Rajnath Singh said during his tenure as the BJP president.

“The ordinance has given absolute power to the government and refuses to give any say to the villagers in the land acquisition process…This is an atrocity against farmers and democracy as well”, said member of parliament (MP, Rajya Sabha) Jairam Ramesh.

 

Reflecting on the words sounded out by both the political leaders, one might be taken aback at the retraction political parties resort to once they are at the helm of affairs. The BJP-led NDA government in an attempt to pass the revamped version of the Land Acquisition Bill undertook the ordinance route. Congress has done the same (Congress went for an ordinance for the protection of convicted MP’s and MLA’s ). Despite being aware of the tenets of the Indian constitution, both the parties tried to flout the same in a haste to pass their policies.

 

“We do agree that business should carry on, but the government was bulldozing the opposition…This UPA government has become a burden on the country and it should go. BJP is demanding not just the resignation of the Prime Minister, but that of the entire cabinet. This is culmination of so many scams and scandals including 2G and Adarsh Housing”, Venkaiah Naidu (Rajya Sabha MP during UPA’s rule), quoted in the Hindu.

“We will not budge from our stand and there will be no let up in our pressure  as far as issues of corruption, Sushma Swaraj and Vyapam are concerned”, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi remarked.

Both Rahul Gandhi and Venkaiah Naidu talk of corruption and expulsions of the allegedly tainted leaders, they second the disruption of parliamentary affairs during their respective stint as the opposition party. However, both the leaders seemingly fail to understand that a sound deliberation and cooperation might scuttle the level of corruption as compared to a protest or an indolent attitude.

Protests or opposition isn’t irrelevant in a democratic country like ours, it all the more enriches the participatory aspect of the same, but, using it as a bait in order to fulfill political grudges in a way pillages the flavor of democracy and creates a space for anarchy. However, it’s up to our beloved political leaders whether they conduct their responsibilities rationally or take to imbecility in their attempt at nibbling on their lust for power.

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The above comparison shows that BJP is not only trying to steal the credit of previously launched schemes by Congress party by just repackaging them as new schemes

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A lot of BJP supporters claim that government led by Narendra Modi has launched several schemes for the development of nation in the last four years. What they failed to acknowledge that Narendra Modi has done nothing else than repackaging and renaming the previous schemes started by Congress and took their credit to his name. Shocked, aren’t you? In the last four years, Modi government has failed to develop any original ideas. So in order to appear like the government is working, they have renamed various successfully running schemes started by Congress party to fool people of the nation into believing that BJP has launched numerous schemes in the country. If you find this fact hard to believe, here is the list of s Modi government schemes that are nothing but altered name previously running schemes in the nation:

Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana

Originally Basic Savings Bank Deposit Account (BSDBA)

The (BSBDA) scheme was launched in August 2012 according to RBI which provided facility of no minimum balance required to maintain the bank account and avail all the banking services. The number of withdrawals were however limited to 4 per month. The Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) is nothing else than a wrap up on BSDAB scheme adding Rs 1 lakh of accident insurance, overdraft facility up to Rs 5,000 and a life insurance of Rs 30,000 to previous BSDAB accounts.

Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao Yojana (BBBPY)

Originally National Girl Child Day programmes

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The government has initiated a lot of programmes to bring about a change in the attitude of people and stop these kinds of social evils. Wikimedia Commons

According to a report of Centre for Development and Human Rights presented in 2016, the girl child education programme listed under the BBBPY scheme is nothing but the repackaging of older Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan started by Congress.

The act of similar repackaging of scheme can be found in BBBPY’s programme to improve child sex ratio and reduce the dropout rates of school girls. These programmes were already available under Congress party’s Dhanalakshmi and Sabla schemes.

Swachh Bharat Abhiyan

Originally Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan

One of the major Modi government schemes, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched in September 2014 is nothing but restructured result of Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan scheme which was started by Congress in April 2012.

Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan was also a renamed scheme by Congress party which was originally introduced as Central Rural Sanitation Programme by Congress in 1986.

Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana

Originally Indira Awaas Yojana

Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana, BJP
‘Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana ‘ is an initiative by Government of India in which affordable housing will be provided to the urban poor.

According to a parliamentary standing committee report, it is found that the most anticipated Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojna by Narendra Modi nothing by rechristened format of Indira Awaas Yojana. The funny fact about the renaming of this scheme is that several web pages of Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana still open as Indira Awaas Yojana documents.

Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana

Originally Rajiv Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana

According to an information release by government on 23rd July 2015, the Rajiv Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana stated by Congress is merged under the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana launched by BJP with no significant changes.

Soil Health Card scheme

Originally National Project on Management of Soil Health and Fertility

According to the Outcome Budget 2015-16 of the agriculture and cooperation department, a soil health card was included in the scheme of National Project on Management of Soil Health and Fertility. The similar soil cards were also issued by Congress under the National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture.

 

Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana, BJP
The aim of this scheme is to form 10,000 clusters over the next three years and bring about five lakh acres of agricultural area under organic farming to develop agricultural activity in the country

 

Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana

Originally Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana and other programmes

The lack of creativity and insight in Modi government schemes can be seen in its Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana which is nothing but the fusion of some existing components which are amalgamated together as a cluster based programme. This fact was reported in the Outcome Budget 2015-16 of the agriculture and cooperation department.

Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Yojana

Originally Jan Aushadhi scheme

The Jan Aushadhi scheme was developed by Congress to supply unbranded medicines at reduced prices. This scheme was executed on 23 April 2008 and the first store under this scheme was established on 25 November 2008. According to an statement issued by Loksabh on 144th March 2017, the Jan Aushadhi Scheme is renamed as Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana.

Make in iIndia, BJP
Make in India, a type of Swadeshi movement covering 25 sectors of the economy,

Make In India

Originally National Manufacturing Policy

The funny part about BJP copying this scheme from Congress National Manufacturing policy is that they forget the remove the information of previous policy in the new website of Make In India scheme. The broken download link redirects to the 2011 older policy document of year 2011.

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The above comparison shows that BJP is not only trying to steal the credit of previously launched schemes by Congress party by just repackaging them as new schemes, but the BJP lacks credibility and insight required to develop new schemes necessary for the development of the nations. Some other Modi government schemes that were actually the brain child of Narendra Modi and BJP part resulted in drastic disaster in nation. GST and demonetisation are two biggest examples of such failed Modi government policies.