New Delhi, Sept 24 : Continuing its attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his remarks in the US that 'Bharat me sabse acha hai' , (Everything is fine in India), the Conrgess on Tuesday asked that when there are issues like inflation, unemployment and safety troubling our nation, how can Mr Modi say that ‘everything is fine in India'.
Addressing mediapersons at AICC headquarters, Congress spokesperson Sharmistha Mukherjee said that the Prime Minister also violated the country's foreign policy by 'campaigning for US President Donald Trump. "We do not campaign for any foreign leaders on our visit abroad. Modi ji saying’ abki baar Trump sarkar’ is not in line with our foreign policy, `` she said.
On Mr Modi saying that 'Bharat me sab achha hain' during his 'Howdy Modi' programme in Houston in the US, the Congress spokesperson said,'Modi said ‘Bharat me sab acha hai’. By saying that you cannot run away from your responsibilities. Being the opposition, we wish to pose some questions to the BJP government.'
She said that the fuel prices have been rising for the past one week and added that excise duty on petrol and diesel increased in the recent Finance Budget. "During Modi ji’s first tenure, in five years, excise duty on petrol was increased by 211 per cent and on diesel it was increased by 443 per cent. Fuel price rise increases price of other things, food items and other consumables. Prices of vegetables are skyrocketing. We wish to ask the government what steps is it taking to control the food inflation, she said.
Ms Mukherjee also pointed out that unemployment is at a 45-year high at 8 per cent. "Government is unable to create jobs because the economy is in shambles. GDP is at 5 per cent, manufacturing is at its lowest i.e. 0.6 per cent. In the automobile sector, 2.30 lakh jobs were reportedly lost. According to a SIAM report, 300 dealerships related to auto component manufacturing have shut and that has impacted 10 lakh jobs approximately, she charged.
The Congress spokesperson also said that according to the labour force survey, from 2011-12 to 2017-18, employment in agriculture sector fell by 2.7 crore and the workforce reduced by 91 lakhs. Referring to the recent Chinmayanand incident, Ms Mukherjee said that crime and especially crimes against women is rising in the country.
"As Priyanka Gandhi tweeted in the last 22 days, 12 shooting incidents and 4 murders have been reported in Uttar Pradesh where there is a BJP government. Crimes are on the rise in the National Capital, that one would consider to be safe. Satyendra Jain, a Delhi government Minister’s house was robbed, she said. Ms Mukherjee said that Mr Modi talks about coming up with smart cities.
'He should at least give the nation a safe capital first,'she said. Earlier, Congress leaders Anand Sharma and Jairam Ramesh had also criticised the Prime Minister for his slogan 'ab ki baar Trump sarkar' and alleged that he had "violated the time-honoured principle of Indian foreign policy", by supporting Mr Trump at US soil. (UNI)