Except for demonetisation, Modi government has no original move: Congress

Rajiv Shukla

New Delhi, Sep 20 : Alleging that the Modi government has rehashed, repackaged and renamed 23 schemes which were launched by previous governments led by the Congress, the party on Wednesday said “they (BJP) were trying to mislead the nation”.

The party also said that except for the demonetisation move, there was no original move by the Modi government.

“Recently, a set of senior political advisors to the BJP during the 2014 election campaign have made a startling and astounding revelation.

“They have accepted the stark truth that as many as 23 schemes started earlier by previous Congress governments have been rehashed, repackaged and renamed by the present Modi government,” said Congress spokesperson and MP Rajeev Shukla.

“In June, when the Congress listed these 23 schemes, the BJP government refused to accept this and thereby misled the nation,” he added.

Shukla also said: “Except for the demonetisation, which led to the fall in GDP, economic crisis in the country and loss of jobs, there was no original initiative or scheme of the Modi government.”

He said the BJP inherited the 23 schemes on a platter – which were already at various stages of implementation, and “now they have completely failed”.

“Whether it is ‘Make in India’ or ‘Skill India’, whether it is building affordable housing for poor or whether it is distributing Soil Health Cards to farmers, BJP’s glaring failures are completely evident.”

“No wonder, the present government has brought the country to a grave economic situation,” he added.

The party pointed out some of the changed names of earlier schemes and their “worsening status under the Modi government”.

It said Indira Awaas Yojana was now renamed as Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana, Rajiv Awaas Yojana as Sardar Patel National Urban Housing Mission, No Frills Account was called Jan Dhan Yojana and National Manufacturing Policy as ‘Make in India’.

The National Skill Development Mission was now renamed as ‘Skill India’, National Girl Child Day Programme as ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’, Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission as AMRUT, and Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana as Deen Dayal Updadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana, the Congress added.

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