Modi’s failures on economic front and relying on Hindutva may turn futile in UP

Focus Uttar Pradesh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah have been campaigning on the three-pronged strategy: religious polarisation in western UP, managing caste equations in Purvanchal and playing the development card similar to Madhya Pradesh in Bundelkhand. BJP is hoping to gain an advantage in the sixth and seventh phase of UP elections over its rivals on its calculations that Muslim votes will get divided between Samajwadi Party and Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party while some Dalit voters may tilt towards BJP on Hindutva agenda. But Modi fails to address why farmers are committing suicides.The Madhya Pradesh government provided a data that shows that as many as 287 farmers including agriculture labourers have committed suicide in the state in three months from November 16, 2016, to February 2017. Even Supreme court pulled up Modi government at the centre for going in a wrong direction in tackling the real problem of farmers’ suicide as the government should formulate a roadmap so that farmers’ are not compelled to commit suicide if they are unable to repay the loans.

Poor show by Make in India, Digital India Initiatives

Modi is misguiding the youth on his Make in India and Digital India Initiatives. Modi government liberalised the foreign direct investment (FDI) regime  in all sectors of the economy including civil aviation, defence, food and single brand retail etc so as to attract FDI in Prime Minister’s flagship ‘Make in India’ program but the fact of the matter is that the entire FDI in the financial year 2015-16 went into  services, computer software and trading  and no amount was invested in ‘Make in India ‘ initiative. Thus no manufacturing units have been established during the two and a half years of Modi’s tenure.

Moreover, Foreign institutional investors have been selling Indian shares after demonetization thus driving away money from the Indian markets.As the Indians are being pushed to use digital payments, the payment mechanism is giving rise to high-cost economy implying less profit and high inflation accompanied by cyber attacks risks.

As Modi is trying to misguide the people by resorting to the hollow terminology of touching the Dukkhti Rag (painful nerve) by wrongly advocating about plenty of jobs being created by his Make in India and Digital initiative programs. People very well understand the meaning of Moditva as rooted in Hindutva and President Pranab Mukherjee has expressed that there should be no room in India for intolerant Indians adding when we brutalise a woman we wound the soul of our civilisation. Thus goondaism unleashed by ABVP stands condemned in the eyes of the nation.

Besides fudged GDP data rolled out by finance minister Arun Jaitley, who began his political career in the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the Sangh Parivar’s student wing, is also being pushed to confuse the people on demonetization. Further GDP figures don’t give a total picture of the economy, given the high unemployment rate. A lie repeated several times does not become a truth.

BJP politicians being appointed as independent directors of top public sector companies and when Smriti Irani was the HRD minister she appointed people with RSS background for modifying established facts of history. These are rustic attempts to employ BJP men in various positions.

People understand these things in depth and the BJP will face a humiliating defeat in Uttar Pradesh as well as other state assembly elections.

arti bali

By : Arti Bali

Senior Journalist

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