here are reports about the Congress organising “Jan Sangharsh Yatra” in western Maharashtra to highlight the misrule of the BJP-led government at the Centre and the state. According to Maharashtra Congress Chief Ashok Chavan, the Yatra would begin from Kolhapur on August 31 and end at Pune on September 7 and would cover Sangli, Satara and Solapur in between, almost half of the Maharashtra. He accused the BJP government of making false promises and also purported that it was vitiating the atmosphere which was leading to instances of mob lynching by cow protection vigilantes. Chavan, who was addressing a press conference along with the former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, claimed that the state government was unable to safeguard the reservations that the previous Congress-led government had provided to the Maratha and Muslim communities. The recent seizure of explosives, in Nallasopara in Palghar district, from persons reportedly having links to the Sanatan Sanstha showed that such organisations were fomenting trouble in the society. Speaking about the right-wing outfit, Prithviraj Chavan said that his government had sent a proposal to ban the Sanatan Sanstha under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) to the Union government but the ban was not enforced. He added that the final decision to ban an organisation under the provisions of the UAPA belonged to the Centre.
After four long years, all the state level leaders are getting united to interact with people from all constituencies about the failures of the BJP. Maharashtra Congress has best of seasoned politicians including Pratibha Tai Patil, Prithviraj Chavan, Ashok Chavan, Sushilkumar Shinde, Shivraj Patil, Gurudas Kamat, Kripa Shankar Singh, Sanjay Nirupam etc. has the ability to revive the situation for the party. The only problem is that they all are suffering from their egos and never gave priority to the party’s development. There are different groups within them and there are few who are very close to the Gandhi family. For a change, keeping personal objectives aside if they unite they can bounce back in Maharashtra as their popularity in rural areas of the state cannot be ignored. This time even National leaders including Mallikarjun Kharge are expected to come to the Yatra. In the recent past, Maratha leaders have very well succeeded in arraigning bandhs and protests. They are using similar tricks that BJP used against the Congress by creating anger in people’s mind.
Farmers’ agitation was one of the biggest issues in Maharashtra as the Prime Minister’s Fasal Bima Yojana failed. ‘Har Khet ko Pani’ Modi’s Flagship Irrigation scheme also largely watered down. Time and again Maharashtra farmers took to the street. In 2014, Modi came to power promising the implementation of article 370, criticising Nehru’s length and breadth in his every speech. Ram Mandir is another sensitive issue, hope BJP succeeds in constructing temple before 2019. Rupee crashed and reached to all lows first time ever but now PM is silent. The same Modi when he was in opposition, screamed about Congress’s corruption being resulted in the weakening of the Indian rupee against the US dollar. But in four years of Modi rule, the rupee weakened further and he had to chew his own words after the social media made fun of the Prime Minister. He has failed to stop the black money generation cycle post Demonetisation. His own party leaders caught in corruption are shielded by his government. Failure in the implementation of Uniform Civil Code and have one nation one law for all, but social divide and discrimination has become a vote bank for them. Issues like Triple Talaq made news but the rise in the rape and brutality remained in the cold storage. Female genital mutilation in Bohra community is not addressed because the vote share of those women is not much?
Congress has picked up issues against the PM and the BJP government very well; the other day, I was reading Randeep Surjewala, he writes if the lessons of the last four years could be distilled into a single sentence it would be this: The Modi government has been undeniably and gravely harmful to our nation’s health. On every conceivable metric, it has failed and every single citizen has had to pay a heavy price for the Modi brand of misgovernance. Modi has lumbered on from one ill-advised and poorly thought out decision to another. The senseless execution of demonetisation cost us Rs 3 lakh crore in GDP growth and wiped out over 25 lakh jobs, while a hastily implemented GST penalised entrepreneurship.
The banking system, which was hailed for its resilience in the face of the 2008 global financial crisis, has been a victim of feeble oversight and poor policy planning. The results for the last quarter indicate a net loss of over Rs 44,000 crore, recorded as the highest in the history of our banks. This is a direct consequence of the numerous economic offenders who have fled with impunity on BJP’s watch with over one lakh crore of public money. The government has done precious little to affix accountability and course correct institutional framework. All of the above has made an already inept government all the more desperate for revenues. Since 2014, international oil prices have been at a historic low. Any other government, with the barest of concern for its people, would have passed on the benefit to the public by reducing the prices of petrol and diesel. Instead, this government chose to increase central excise taxes (by over 200 per cent on petrol and over 400 per cent on diesel) to make oil costlier than it has ever been, and collected over Rs 10 lakh crore by the way of this cruel exercise in an unjust enrichment. This exercise has proven bankruptcy of ideas and lack of concern for the people – whom the government is meant to serve. Be it Surjewala or the local leaders, they all have managed to cage PM in his flaws, now interesting step would be to ensure that how they change the fate of Congress with all these attacks.
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