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BJP attacks UPA regime, hails 'strong and able' Narendra Modi

Saturday, 9 August 2014 - 5:06pm IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: PTI

The 10-year United Progressive Alliance rule came under sharp attack in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s National Council meeting in New Delhi on Saturday, which unveiled the new government's future plans and policy prescription in domestic and foreign affairs arena in a political resolution, which hailed the "strong and able" leadership of Narendra Modi.

Leading the charge, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the "tax terrorism" and "policy paralysis" were the buzz words during the Congress regime and the Narendra Modi government's challenge is to change that atmosphere.

"They were a liability on the economy of this country, when they were in power. They want to continue to be a liability even when they are in Opposition," Jaitley said alleging that the opponents of the government are making all efforts to discredit it. 

Lauding the 75-days' functioning of the BJP government, Jaitley, who presented the political resolution of the crucial meet, said that while the BJP leadership humbly accepted the mandate "Congress is not able to digest its worst defeat". 

"Their scramble for the post of Leader of Opposition, their opposition to the bills which they had presented during their tenure and disruption of Parliament shows their inability to accept the people's verdict,"  the resolution, which was passed without discussion due to "paucity of time," he said.

Attacking it on corruption issue, the senior BJP leader accused Congress of carrying out "institutional subversion".

He said that while the UPA government persistently refused to set up an SIT to unearth the black money, this was the first step Modi government took immediately after taking over.

Jaitley also chose the occasion to hit back at the Congress its allegation that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government lacked "depth and seriousness" on foreign affairs issues and hailed the Prime Minister's visit to the BRICS summit, Bhutan and Nepal as the one which marked strong international presence of India on the world map.

Crediting Modi's "very important role" in the historic mandate to the BJP, the party resolution said that it reflected people's pledge to "get rid of the 10-year-old rule of the non-performing and corruption riddled Congress-led UPA government. 

He said that the election results also spelt doom for "dynastic democracy" and parties, which were dependent on a particular family got a rude shock when the results came.

Alleging that the country was under a grip of helplessness and disappointment under the Congress government, he said that an atmosphere of faith in politics was generated with Modi's arrival.

"The people have given a decisive mandate against the divisive politics of casteism, corruption, incapability and policy paralysis of the government," the resolution said.

Acknowledging the "huge contribution" of party President Amit Shah for its spectacular show in Uttar Pradesh, which was under his direct charge, Jaitley accused the Congress of doing "vendetta politics." 

He said in a lighter vein, "Our opponents understood Amit Shah long back. That is why they began targeting him years back. We realized his potential much later."

Seconding the resolution, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan revived the "Jayanti Tax" barb to attack the UPA over "delay" in clearance of projects in the name of environmental safeguards.

Attacking the UPA over its ministers functioning with different agenda, he compared it to a chariot whose horses were running in multiple directions pulling against each other and claimed that it was a welcome change since the government under Modi came, as ministers are now working with a clear focus and preparedness. 

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