The BJP on Friday said Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her party had failed to do a honest review of its performance in handling the challenges facing the country, which is the aim of the Chintan Shivir.
Responding to Sonia's speech at the Congress party's brainstorming conclave, BJP spokeswoman Nirmala Sitharaman said the Congress president did not mention any of the issues that were agitating the minds of the people like corruption, price rise and safety of women. Instead, Sonia was engaged in self-certification about economic growth, she added.
"Introspection is good for any party but Sonia Gandhi's speech gives an indication that the Congress is missing the opportunity of an honest review. She has failed to admit that the government lacks integrity," she said. "For a moment I felt it was a 'Chinta Shivir' (worry meet) rather than 'Chintan Shivir' (brainstorming meet)," Sitharaman added.
The BJP leader said the narrative of economic growth in the nine years of UPA rule was a record of fluctuations in contrast to the consistent growth rate of 5 to 6% during the NDA government. She also pointed out that the growth under the UPA was a jobless growth and this was testified by the latest National Sample Survery (NSS) data.
Pointing to Sonia's statement on the need for allies, Sitharaman said the Congress was unable to keep its allies together. The partners of NDA are intact, she maintained.
Asked why the BJP was not deriving satisfaction from Sonia's omissions and commissions in her speech, Sitharaman said the BJP was concerned and worried about the content of the speech because it did not address issues that mattered. She said the BJP was constructively engaged with the government. Sitharaman expressed confidence that there was an anti-Congress mood in the country and that the Congress cannot win the 2014 election.