The opposition Congress on Tuesday trashed achievements of the prime minister Narendra Modi government over past 100 days, saying the period has been disappointing and marked with undermining of institutions and compromising of administration and governance. The party also took exception to the proposal to appoint former Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam as Kerala governor. Party spokesman Anand Sharma even cast aspirations saying the former CJI must have been rewarded for something, he might have done during his term in office.
He said the government's functioning has, so far, been "characterised by non-fulfillment of promises, undermining of institutions, compromising of administration and governance and promotion of work culture nurtured by distrust and fear".
Sharma asked the prime minister to "explain why 18 of his ministers are facing serious criminal charges compelling the Supreme Court to observe that it is for the prime minister to ensure that those having criminals charges are not promoted. He is the head of the government. Why he brought such people in the Cabinet?"
Attacking the government on the black money issue, he said while BJP and its then prime ministerial candidate promised to bring back black money, which was according to them to the tune of Rs85 lakh crore, "even 85 paisa are yet to come while the government is completing 100 days". He said this amounted to a "fraud with people", who were "misled".
He asked the BJP to come out of election mode and focus on governance. He said most of schemes were the initiatives of the UPA government. Sharma said the Modi government was claiming credit for 5.7% growth rate for the first quarter of the current fiscal year, but forgetting that during this period (April 1 to June 30), they were in power only for 35 days.