Rahul leads Congress offensive on 100 days of Modi government

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Taking a dig at the government, Gandhi alleged that there was a lack of leadership, direction and plans to turnaround the "ravaged economy" (PTI File)

Leading the Congress’ offensive on the Narendra Modi government completing 100 days of its second term, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday (September 8) “congratulated” the Prime Minister on “100 days of no development”.

Taking a dig at the government, Gandhi alleged that there was a lack of leadership, direction and plans to turnaround the “ravaged economy”.

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government on Sunday completed 100 days after coming to power for a second consecutive term with a massive mandate.

In a tweet, Gandhi said, “Congratulations to the Modi govt on #100DaysNoVikas, the continued subversion of democracy, a firmer stranglehold on a submissive media to drown out criticism and a glaring lack of leadership, direction & plans where its needed the most – to turnaround our ravaged economy (sic).”

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Meanwhile, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra too attacked the Modi government, saying that it is mum after “ruining the economy” and alleged that it is trying to hide the grim situation in the country.

“The government is mum after ruining the economy. The companies are in danger, while trade is in doldrums,” Priyanka Gandhi said in a tweet in Hindi. “Through drama, deceit, lies, and propaganda, they are trying to hide the country’s grim situation,”

Earlier in the day, the Congress claimed that the 100 days of the Modi government have been characterised by “arrogance, uncertainty and vendetta politics.”

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In a series of tweets, the party said, “Eight sectors have recorded a growth rate below 2 per cent and our Finance Minister still refuses to accept that our economy is in free fall. If the BJP continues this path of negligence & deceit, we are headed towards recession.”

The Congress further alleged that a steep fall in the GDP from last year is a direct result of the government’s ignorance and “gross mismanagement” of economy.

“By disregarding voices of the industry, economists & former PM Dr (Manmohan) Singh, BJP has proved itself to be completely incompetent in handling the economy,” it said. “The automobile sector is facing its worst-ever crisis in years and all the government has to say our economy is doing better than US and China,” the party said.

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Congress leader Kapil Sibal too attacked the Modi dispensation while highlighting several issues, including the state of economy, the situation in Kashmir, the Assam NRC and the action by probe agencies against opposition leaders.

He said that the massive mandate to the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections had given it an opportunity to provide relief to the common man, but what happened was the opposite.

“Common man’s problems are increasing, lapdog media is becoming even more biased, atrocities against women increasing, there is no strategy on education and health, small trader is in distress, and there is vendetta politics against political opponents,” Sibal said.

Further, the Congress leader alleged that the Enforcement Directorate (ED), Income Tax (I-T) Department and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) are being misused.

“Where there is evidence against their own people, they are being sheltered, and action is being taken against opposition leaders against whom there is no evidence,” he claimed.

(With inputs from agencies)