Congress MP & former TPCC president Uttam Kumar Reddy asked PM Narendra Modi to explain when all the promises which he said he would fulfill by 2022 would be realized.
Congress MP & former TPCC president N Uttam Kumar Reddy on Wednesday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to explain when his year 2022 would come and when all the promises which he said he would fulfill by 2022 would be realized.
Reddy alleged that Modi had misused his customary address to the nation from the Red Fort on the occasion of Independence Day on every occasion in the last eight years to make fake promises.
He pointed out that in the I-Day speech of 2016, Modi had promised to double the farmers' incomes, ensure a house for everyone and electrification of the entire country by 2022. He said that the BJP government had failed miserably in achieving its targets.
Elaborating, Reddy said that the farmers' income from cultivation had not increased since 2016 - the farmers were still earning an average of only Rs 27 per day as they did then, he claimed. However, the input costs had more than doubled in the last eight years, he said.
He added that crop losses due to natural calamities, fake seeds and fertilizers, and the overall losses due to cultivation in the absence of proper MSPs for many crops, had forced thousands of farmers to commit suicides.
While the previous Congress-led UPA government had waived off crop loans, the Modi government had resorted to stopping releasing data from the National Crime Records Bureau to hide the figures of farmers' suicides, he alleged.
The Congress MP said that Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao had emulated Modi in cheating the farmers. Rao did not implement his promise of waiving crop loans, and had implemented wrong policies to the extent that not a single farmer in Telangana was covered by crop insurance.
The TRS government too was hushing the figures of farmers' suicides by directing the local police to register suicides by farmers as natural/accidental deaths, he alleged.
Uttam Kumar Reddy also said that PM Modi, while addressing a meeting in 2018, had promised a house for everyone by 2022. The data available on the website of the PM Awas Yojana (Urban) however showed that not even 50% of the 60 lakh sanctioned houses had been completed.
"I would humbly request the Prime Minister to specify when his Golden Year 2022 will arrive and when every deserving family will get a house," he said.
The MP said that KCR followed Modi in promising free 2BHK houses for the poor, but said that not even 10% of the sanctioned 2.75 lakh 2BHK units had been delivered.
He said that PM Modi had also failed in delivering on the promise of providing the basic amenities of drinking water, electricity and toilet to every household. He pointed out that President Draupadi Murmu's ancestral village Uparbeda in Odisha got electricity for the first time only after she filed her nomination in June this year. As per the data provided in the recently concluded monsoon session of Parliament, only 52% of the rural households in the country were getting water supply through taps, and almost 80% of Indians were forced to consume poisonous water, he said.
The MP then said that Modi had launched Poshan Abhiyan in 2018 to achieve the target of a "malnutrition-free India" by 2022. However, instead of any improvement in the conditions, at least 13 States witnessed a rise in malnutrition cases between 2019 and 2021. The prevalence of anaemia increased by 14.5% among infants and 7.5% among women. And today India ranked 101 out of 116 countries on the Global Hunger Index, and was behind Sri Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Reddy said that all that Modi did was cheat the people with hollow but attractive slogans like Make In India, Atma Nirbhar Bharat and such. And the PM was now talking about Amrit Kaal and setting targets for 2047, Reddy lamented.
The MP also said that Modi spoke about corruption in his speeches, but remained silent on inaction against scamsters. Bank frauds worth Rs. 5.35 lakh crore had taken place under the BJP government, but instead of catching the culprits like Vijaya Mallya, Mehul Chowksi and Nirav Modi, PM Modi was using all the Central agencies like the Enforcement Directorate, the CBI and the Income Tax department to target political opponents, Reddy claimed.
The MP also alleged that Modi had hit a new low by politicising his Independence Day speech by targeting political opponents. And he also condemned the release of 11 gang rape and murder convicts by the BJP government in Gujarat.
"PM Modi spoke about giving respect and honour to women in his Independence Day speech. A few hours later, the BJP government in Gujarat released 11 persons who were convicted by courts for gang rape and multiple murders in the Bilquis Bano case of the 2002 riots. They were also accorded a grand reception by the RSS and BJP leaders on their releases. This is highly shameful, and the decision must be reversed," he said.
Reddy said the Congress would expose the "failures" of the Modi government at all levels by launching massive public movements.