BHARATIYA JANATA PARTY
Meeting of the National Executive
To Mark the Party's Rajat Jayanti
Resolution - II
Congress Unmasked, UPA in Disarray
The three most portentous political developments to have taken place since the National Executive last met in Ranchi in October 2004 are (a) Assembly elections in Bihar, Jharkhand and Haryana; (b) Attempts by the Congress leadership to murder democracy in Goa and Jharkhand; and (c) misuse of the office of Governors.
Developments in Jharkhand, Bihar and Goa: The National Executive of the BJP expresses its gratitude to the people of Jharkhand for giving a renewed mandate to the BJP-JD(U) alliance. We also heartily congratulate the people of Bihar for ending the 15-year-long lawless raj by the RJD and thank them for electing the BJP-JD(U) alliance as the largest pre-poll constituent in the state Assembly.
The BJP's successful struggle against the conspiracy hatched by the Congress high command to hijack the people's mandate in Jharkhand will go down as one of the proud chapters in the annals of Indian democracy. We thank our allies in the NDA and all the democracy-loving people in the country for supporting us in this struggle.
The Congress party also demonstrated its anti-democratic character by plotting to destabilize the duly elected BJP government in Goa. However, unlike in Jharkhand, the scope for mischief by the Congress is not yet over in Goa, where the Assembly has been kept under suspended animation. We apprehend sinister designs. The National Executive therefore demands immediate dissolution of the Goa Assembly. Let the people of Goa elect a new government of their choice. The Governor of Goa who has defied all Constitutional norms should be recalled.
Congress leadership exposed: The upshot of the developments in Goa and Jharkhand is that the people of India have come to know the real truth, as against the manufactured myth, about the Congress President. This truth is further accented by the deliberate manner in which the Congress President has undermined the authority and prestige of the office and person of the Prime Minister and allowed herself to be projected as a 'Super Prime Minister', one who exercises all authority with no accountability to Parliament.
UPA showing initial signs of disintegration: The Congress leadership has also got exposed by the unprincipled and opportunist tactics it adopted in Bihar elections. Its attempt to forge a so-called "secular" alliance against the BJP in Bihar lies in tatters. After tasting defeat, both the Congress and the RJD are now trying desperately to prevent the installation of a popular government in Patna. With each passing week, the disarray in the UPA grows. It has now begun to exhibit signs of disintegration. This disarray is not limited to Bihar, where the leaders of the two important constituent parties of the UPA, both of whom are Cabinet ministers, have openly traded charges of corruption and wrongdoing against each other. In Andhra Pradesh, the Congress is on a warpath with TRS. The DMK chief publicly demanded sacking of a Congress minister in the UPA government who belongs to Tamil Nadu. The two Communist parties, who provide critical life-saving support to the UPA government, have become increasingly harsh in their criticism of the government.
The common thread that runs through all these developments is the rapidly eroding political authority, moral standing and trustworthiness of the Congress party within the UPA. The Congress party heads the UPA, but provides no leadership to it. It has a mindset that rejects coalition dharma. This is in stark contrast to how Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee led the NDA, and how the BJP nurtured bonds of mutual trust and understanding within the alliance.
UPA government's record of betrayal and non-performance
The National Executive of the BJP considers the nearly 11-month-old government of the United Progressive Alliance as one of the most non-performing and contradiction-ridden regimes since Independence, and one that is headed by the weakest Prime Minister India has had. Born of a non-mandate, the UPA government has little to show as concrete achievement so far. Its only achievement is that it is about to complete one year in office -- a year of betrayal of practically every promise contained in the arrangement's Common Minimum Programme.
Price Rise: The Congress contested the elections by claiming to champion the interests of the Aam Aadmi. That Aam Aadmi is today groaning under unprecedented price rise. Prices of food items, medicines, transportation, housing and all other essential commodities and services, which were contained during the six years of NDA government, have gone up sharply. The rate of inflation, which was controlled and maintained at low levels for a prolonged period by the NDA government, has gone up, eroding the meager earnings and savings of the poor, middle classes and senior citizens. The hurried passage of a deficient Patents' Bill and the introduction of VAT without full preparation will also contribute to escalation of prices, specially of the medicines.
Unemployment: The CMP had promised to "immediately enact a National Employment Guarantee Act" to provide "100 days of guaranteed employment to at least one able-bodied person in every rural, urban poor and lower middle-class household". Not only is the Act not in place yet, but the promise itself has performed a vanishing act. The Finance Minister has not been able to find a single rupee to back this grandiose assurance. The draft bill prepared by the government is such a watered-down version of what was originally advertised that even the partners and supporters of the UPA have disowned it. To make matters worse, the Centre is trying to make the state governments, which are already facing a severe resource-crunch, to pay for a scheme that some woolly-headed persons in the Congress-Communist combine have conjured. The "massive" food-for-work programme that Dr. Manmohan Singh inaugurated in Andhra Pradesh in December 2004 is nothing but a repackaging of the Rs. 10,000-crore Sampoorna Grameen Rozgar Yojana initiated by the Vajpayee government. The unemployed young men and women in our country have seen through the trick that the Congress-led government has played on them.
Plight of kisans: The betrayal of the promises made to kisans is of no less a magnitude. The CMP had promised "adequate protection to all farmers" in case of a fall in the prices of farm products. The following comparative statement shows, illustratively but not exhaustively, how the average market prices of agricultural commodities have indeed sharply fallen during the UPA regime.
Price during NDA regime
Price during UPA regim
|Cooton||Rs. 3,000||Rs. 1,700|
|Paddy||Rs. 650-700||Rs. 550 - 600|
|Soyabean||Rs. 1,800||Rs. 1,100|
|Onion||Rs. 600-800||Rs. 200|
|Chilly||Rs. 3,000-3,500||Rs.1,800 - 2,250|
|Tobacco||Rs. 5,500||Rs. 4,500|
The BJP demands that the UPA government inform the nation how much protection it has provided to our farmers. The truth of the matter is that, reeling under rising input costs (seeds, fertilizers, transportation, etc.) and falling output prices, and unable to bear the mounting burden of debt and interest, hundreds of farmers in different states have committed suicide after the advent of the UPA government. All these states - AP, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Kerala and Punjab - are ruled by the Congress party. The fact that farmers have committed suicide even in a prosperous state like Punjab shows the gravity of the gathering crisis in the farm sector, to which the Congress party remains completely insensitive. The BJP demands that the UPA government present a White Paper on farmers' suicides in the current Budget session of Parliament. The Party also urges the Government to punish those engaged in the sale of fake seeds and pesticides, and to strengthen legal measures against this malpractice. On its part, the BJP will soon publicise a report on this subject prepared by a study team constituted at the last meeting of the National Executive in Ranchi. The UPA government has also gone back on the Vajpayee government's three important pro-kisan initiatives -- provision of Kisan Credit Cards to all eligible farmers, reducing the interest rate on farm loans to 9%, and launch of a Farm Income Insurance Scheme.
Neglect of infrastructure development: It is highly disturbing that the UPA regime has either wound up many pro-development and pro-people initiatives of the NDA government or caused perceptible deceleration in their implementation. The Vajpayee government's three dream projects in the infrastructure sector - National Highway Development Project, the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana and the Inter-linking of River Waters - have both been deliberately de-emphasised. So much so that there was not even a mention of the latter in the Union Budget. Power sector reforms have been sabotaged by the Communists. The neglect of railways is so complete that the minister concerned did not devote even a single day to the preparation of the Railway Budget.
As many as 1,700 fast track courts set up by the NDA government to remove delays in justice delivery now face closure due to non-allocation of funds. The UPA government, which has imposed a 2% cess for the spread of primary education, has refused to pass on any part of the additional resources to state governments, even though education is a state subject. The pilot project on social security for workers in the unorganized sector, launched by the Vajpayee government, has been shelved.
Self-projection by the Congress party's 'dynastic' leadership: There is only one area where the UPA government has been hyper-active - namely, in naming schemes, programmes, and projects after the Nehru dynasty. Many of these are schemes unveiled by the NDA government. These have now been clubbed together and given a dynastic wrap-up. Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana, Rajiv Gandhi Drinking Water Mission, Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad (disregarding the justifiable claim of naming it after NT Rama Rao)… the list goes on ad nauseum, and it does not include the Nehru family's pre-UPA nomenclatural take-over of institutions, places, programmes, etc. The Congress party is so crude and brazen in this regard that it has tried to derive political mileage even out of the tsunami tragedy by naming the scheme of financial package for tsunami-affected people after Rajiv Gandhi.
Another coarse manifestation of self-projection by the 'Dynasty' was the farcical re-enactment of the Dandi Yatra, on the occasion of its 75th anniversary, by the Congress party. Inaugurated by its videshi president and showcasing her son as the present-day inheritor of the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi, this was a no-holds-barred attempt at stealing a sacred page from the history of India's Freedom Struggle. It is deplorable that the Prime Minister remained invisible throughout the commemoration. As had been urged by our Party President, he ought to have called an all-party meeting to plan and implement the commemoration of the Dandi Yatra as a national event, especially since this had been prominently mentioned in the President's Address to Parliament on the opening day of the Budget session. The BJP also takes strong objection to the round-the-clock publicity given to the mother-son show by Doordarshan.
Irresponsible attitude to internal security: The UPA government's non-performance is most dangerously evident in the area of internal security. The so-called 'Red Corridor' that denotes the area stretching from Nepal border to Andhra Pradesh where naxalite groups are active, is rapidly expanding to newer areas such as Karnataka. This is due to the absence of a coherent policy and coordinated action at the Centre, made worse by the Congress party's appeasement of naxalites in different states. The AP government's decision to lift the ban on PWG and allow its cadres to carry arms during the process of talks has emboldened the naxalite movement not only in that state but elsewhere too. The BJP repeats its earlier demand that the Central government take the lead in mounting, in cooperation with the governments of the affected states, a sustained and multi-pronged campaign to neutralize this menace.
Unbridled minorityism: The BJP National Executive condemns relentless moves by the Congress party, both at the Centre and in states where it is in power, to advance its agenda of minority appeasement. The UPA government's decision to enable minority educational institutions to secure direct affiliation with central universities not only violates the principle of federalism, but also deepens the minority-majority divide in the field of education which is detrimental to the nation's interests. Similar will be the effect of the Congress government's decision to introduce religion-based reservations for Muslims in education and government employment. The Union Home Ministry's directive on communal quotas in security forces, and the Assam government's move to provide 40% reservation to minorities in police recruitment, are even more dangerous. Seen together with the Congress party's opposition to the repeal of the IMDT Act in Assam, its refusal to even acknowledge the problem of Bangladeshi infiltration that has assumed the proportions of a 'Demographic Invasion', and its complicit attitude towards the growing menace of fraudulent religious conversions by evangelical and Islamist organizations, all these point to one grim truth: that the present Congress leadership cares only about its own short-term political gains and least about the long-term harm these moves will do to India's security, unity and integrity.
Some issues pertaining to India's international relations
US denial of visa to Modi: The National Executive strongly condemns the US government's recent decision to deny visa to Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi, and views it as an unprecedented affront to India's sovereignty and to the swabhiman (self-respect) of the Indian people. The US administration cannot arrogate to itself the role of an international guardian of human rights and freedom of faith, sitting in judgment over the happenings in other countries. Although Washington had its own extraneous reasons for taking this indefensible decision, it is reprehensible that several anti-Hindu organizations in India and abroad played a contributory role in this episode. Their vicious and sustained propaganda against Shri Modi and the BJP has sullied the image of India globally. The National Executive appreciates the principled stand taken by the government in this matter and especially praises the Prime Minister for his forthright statement in Parliament.
US sale of F-16 to Pakistan: The BJP is concerned at the US administration's decision to supply F-16 fighter planes to Pakistan, as this affects India's national security. What makes this decision more worrisome is that Washington has disconnected the nuclear non-proliferation issue with the supply of F-16s to Islamabad. This is all the more shocking in view of the top Pakistani nuclear scientist Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan being exposed as the leader of the international underground market of nuclear technology. The US administration's logic that the state-of-the-art F-16s would help Pakistan fight the Islamic terrorists on its border with Afghanistan cannot be accepted. It is self-evident that Pakistan's military requirements are solely and wholly India-directed. At a time when both our countries need to focus on achieving speedier socio-economic development, the US decision has the potential to trigger a costly new arms race in the Indian subcontinent.
The National Executive directs the entire Party cadre to create awareness among the people on all the issues mentioned in the above resolution. The Rajat Jayanti year should be used to expose the UPA government's non-performance and the Congress party's betrayal of its promises to the 'Aam Aadmi'.