BJP gave Fair and Lovely Scheme to Convert Black Money -Shobha Ojha
Mangaluru: The Modi government is only interested in the launching event of their schemes. Beyond that, they do not care, said All India Women Congress President Shobha Ojha, addressing a press meet at the district Congress office, here on May 26.
Speaking to mediapersons, she said that the BJP government is celebrating 2 years since it came to power on this day but the promises that they made before elections have turned to “joomlas” and the promised “acche din” are yet to come.
“Before the elections, the BJP led by Modi had promised the youth of this country 2 crore jobs every year. In accordance with this promise, there should have been 4 crore jobs created by now in 2 years. But it has managed to create only 1.34 lakh jobs. There is an unemployment crisis and by 2019, an extra 6 crore will be added to the unemployment numbers at this rate.”
Stressing on the issues, Ojha said that the BJP-RSS ideology was being forced into universities. “Students have been met with atrocities. Anyone who raises their voice against the RSS’ ideologies is termed anti-national and is bullied. For the first time in the country, even scientists are speaking about tolerance. An individual, Akhlaq, was murdered on the false accusation that he ate beef in Dadri. The BJP has been trying to polarise elections and divide society.”
She also said that the government had estimated the GDP of the country to be 7.3% for 2014-15 and 7.6% for 2015-16 using a formula that they devised themselves. The RBI governor had expressed his dissatisfaction over the numbers and said that the actual GDP was 5.5% and had been over estimated. “The prices of essential commodities has gone up. During UPA, pulse rate was Rs 65/kg, and then BJP said ‘bahut mehenga maal, ab ki Modi sarkar’. While the price of crude oil decreased from $108/barrel to $48.4 globally, did the masses get the benefit? Today the price of diesel should have been Rs 25.4 per litre while that of petrol should have been Rs 31.99 per litre if the benefit was transferred to the public, but the government made the money and the masses are under the burden of taxes. The government has increased the taxes; service tax has increased from 12% to 14%. The burden of taxes is being transferred to the common people while they receive less interest. The lives of the people are being affected, but where is the money going? All the extra money is going towards the portrayal of the PM and his government.” Around Rs 20 lakh is being spent per day to make the PM and government look good, she said.
“Even our exports have fallen down. The manufacturing industry is facing a crisis and the number of stalled projects have increased over the last 2 years. There are currently 893 stalled projects. Back when UPA was in power, the BJP would throw the term policy paralysis. Are they creating a policy paralysis now?”
The agriculture and farming sector has been totally ignored by the Modi government, she said and accused it of being “anti-farmer”. She also said that agricultural growth was declining, from 4.25% (2013-14) to -0.2%(2014-15) and 1% (2015-16). “Modi had also promised a minimum support price would be determined as cost of production plus 50% of profit but after coming to power, the BJP took a u-turn and in reply to a PIL to the Supreme Court, the government replied that ‘the cost of production plus 50% of profit can never be given to the farmers. This promise also turned to a ‘Joomla’. It shows how they cheated the farmers of our country. The SC even showed its displeasure towards the government for waiving 1.5 lakh crore loans of crorepatis being written off by banks. Whereas farmers were forced to commit suicide when the banks forced farmers to pay each and every penny of their debt. Since it is a ‘suit-boot ki sarkar’, the crorepatis were given a spot free exit and no action was taken against them.
With reference to the GST bill, she said that the BJP was blaming the Congress for not passing the bill, while they themselves do not want it to pass since the RSS does not favour the bill. “Modi had promised to bring back black money stashed by Indian individuals abroad and deposit Rs 15 lakh in every citizen’s account yet the government saved these individuals like Lalit Modi, Vijay Mallaya and also helped in getting them out of the country. They also gave them a ‘Fair and Lovely’ scheme to convert black money into white.”
On Modi’s foreign policies, she said that he had made speeches that for every Indian soldier killed, there would have the heads of 10 Pakistani soldiers and promised to have Dawood in custody in 100 days. But there have been over 1000 ceasefire violations and many of our soldiers have been killed. The limits were reached when there was a terrorist attack in one of our air bases and to add to the injury, a joint investigation team with Pakistan was formed which gave a clean chit to any involvement of our neighbour. Now, the dead soldiers do not seem to bother Modi. Our relations with China and Nepal, which always had such good relations with us, are also becoming strained. Modi has spent more than 100 days outside the country and has spent Rs 567 crore for his foreign visits, excluding the Rs 500 crore additionally spent on bureaucrats.”
“Before the elections, we would hear slogans like ‘Beti Bachao’, etc. but budgets for schemes that help in uplifting the girl child are being cut. The education budget has also been cut. To top it, on one side we hear calls to protect girls while on the other side, one of his own union ministers, Nihalchand Meghwal was on the run from police after being accused in a rape case. After the BJP government came to power there has been a 9% increase in assaults and atrocities against women. The RSS views women as child producing machines. If they are raped, then according to them it is because they were wearing inappropriate clothes. Did a 5-year-old girl and aged women also wear inappropriate clothes to be raped?
State Women Congress president Lakshmi Hebbal, district Women Congress president Mamatha Gatti, Yuva Congress president Mithun Rai, MUDA chairman Ibrahim Kodijal and others were present.