The electoral battle of Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat assembly polls has officially started with Congress vice President Rahul Gandhi and Prime Minister Narendra Modi hurling allegations and counter allegations.
2017 Assembly elections will not be easy task for BJP as Congress may gain from the anti-incumbency factor being faced by saffron party, in the manner the grand old party of Gandhi’s suffered a dent in 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
Again India polity always engages with freebies, laying foundation stones and promises of development at the time of elections but the same are not translated into action after acquiring power.
Modi hailed the tax rate reduction on 27 items announced by his close aide and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, stressing that it is a genuine effort of Finance Ministry to boost the business sentiment of small and medium enterprises. “Today, I have seen newspapers from across the country. They carry headlines that Diwali has come 15 days earlier,” said Narendra Modi, while addressing the rally at Dwarka after inaugurating a bridge.
Now, Modi is up to doing inaugurations and explaining to the public at the time of elections that their state and central government is pro-pro which is entirely contradictory to the three years of BJP’s rule at the centre and 5 years of rule in the Gujarat state.
When the Modi government implemented GST, it triggered nationwide protests by traders and over one lakh textile traders of 165 markets of Surat against the 5% Goods and Services Tax (GST). Prior to GST, there was no tax levied in the textiles sector as wel as on the inventories but after the implementation of the GST, the tax is being levied even on stocks.
Traders in Modi’s own state Gujarat mounted pressure on the government to roll back 5 per cent GST on cloth. But Modi led NDA government then turned a deaf ear to their demands.
According to government estimates smaller companies account for 45 percent of manufacturing and employ more than 117 million people.Suppliers are now coming under GST bracket which in turn form a tax credit chain. India still lags behind in manufacturing units because of unskilled labour, lack of investment in R&D, obsolete machines and technology and many other factors. All Modi’s actions have come to create utter joblessness in India and firms are becoming unable to dispose of their stock and are resorting to mass retrenchment.
The most striking point is that Narendra Modi didn’t come out of his silence inspite of traders suffereing, Bloodshed due to gau Rakshaks or Ghar Wapsi but now he has broken his silence for fear of losing Gujarat Assembly elections.
Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi criticised the NDA government for failing to deal with rising unemployment in the country and said, “And the ground situation is that 30,000 job seekers are being added every 24 hours but only 450 persons are getting jobs per day while our competitor China is giving jobs to 50,000 persons every day.” Gandhi further said that the government had failed to provide jobs to over 2 crore people that it had promised earlier.
Rahul Gandhi has consolidated the support of the entire opposition parties which is haunting the BJP’s leadership and creating nightmares for them in the elections.
By: Arti Bali
DISCLAIMER : Views expressed above are the author’s own.