BHARATIYA JANATA PARTY
National Council Meeting
Vijay Sankalp Parisar (Ramlila Maidan)
New Delhi – January 28-29, 2008
The National Council of the Bharatiya Janata Party expresses its grave concern at the ineffective governance and the complete lack of direction of the United Progressive Alliance Government at the Centre. As the UPA government nears the fourth year of its tenure, a sense of national drift prevails in the country. Never in the history has the impact of the Central government been so negligible; never has India witnessed such political ineffectiveness. The UPA Government merely occupies the seat of power; it has ceased to govern. The UPA is a motley cluster of political parties committed only to vote bank politics and unconcerned about the threats and challenges facing the nation.
Ineffective governance and weak leadership are the hallmarks of the UPA government. Divisive vote bank politics is its political strategy; indecision is its recipe for survival. The victims of this political travesty are India and the Indians. National security has been compromised and the lives of ordinary people put at risk. Farmers and weaker sections have suffered from economic mismanagement.
Governance in India has always given primacy to the office of the Prime Minister. The UPA’s model of governance is repugnant to parliamentary democracy. The Prime Minister is a non-leader; he is at best only a chief executive officer executing the day to day governance on behalf of the extra-constitutional centres of power.
As the next General elections approach, it is clear that the Prime Minister is a not a factor in the country’s politics. The extra-constitutional centres of power have no parliamentary accountability. Yet they dictate and determine government decisions. Realising this skewed command structure of the Congress Party, the allies of the UPA, both within and outside the government, have pushed the government in all directions. They have sought to pander to their own narrow vote banks and hold political and economic decision-making process to ransom.
The UPA has disregarded the dignity and independence of various institutions. Governors have been reduced to partisan institutions. The Election Commission has been sought to be politicized. The CBI has been functioning as a political instrument of the ruling alliance.
The callousness of the UPA has led to national security being jeopardized. The UPA is unable to diagnose the problems of national security and obviously unwilling to provide appropriate and effective solutions to the problem. It views the threat to national security from the prism of vote bank politics. No wonder terrorists strike at will across the with unfailing regularity.
The situation in Jammu and Kashmir continues to be a cause of concern. An unstable Pakistan in the neighbourhood has added to the worries of India. Terrorist groups both State sponsored and autonomous continue to operate from Pakistani soil. Let alone the safety of citizens of Jammu & Kashmir, even the Chief Minister of the State continues to be the most insecure person. The rehabilitation of the Kashmiri Pandits in the valley remains a distant dream. Members of the minority community even in certain areas of the Jammu Division feel insecure after being reduced to fragile targets. The only intervention of the Central government has been to organize two failed Round Table conferences and giving a clean chit to Pakistan as being a victim of terrorism and thus negating a long standing national position of terrorist organizations being allegedly operating from Pakistan. The recent initiative to compensate families of deceased terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir is an evidence of Terrorist Friendly Policies.
The impact of cross-border terrorism is now been increasingly been felt even outside Jammu & Kashmir. The lowering of the guard by the UPA has resulted in a number of terrorist attacks in States governed by UPA and other pseudo-secular parties. The attacks in Mumbai, Malegaon, Bangalore, Hyderabad and different towns of Uttar Pradesh is a grim reminder that the terrorists can strike at will; the intelligence agencies are clueless and investigations have been marred by political interference. The delay in executing the death sentence of Afsal Guru by the Congress Government is the best evidence of the preference of the Government to Vote Bank Politics on National Security.
Uttar Pradesh appears to be the latest breeding ground for terrorists. Five important centre’s have been attacked in the recent past. The choice of the location of the attacks indicates there is local logistical support to the terrorists.
A sad commentary on the UPA’s approach to fighting terrorism has been that it first convinces a section of the minority population that the anti-terrorism stance of the NDA is an attack on minorities. Then it proceeds to dilute all initiatives against terrorism. The repeal of POTA, the indifference of the intelligence agencies, the failure of the investigative agencies are logical consequences of the UPA’s policy. The UPA has converted India, a victim of terror, into a soft state. For the UPA its vote bank politics are more precious than the sovereignty of India.
The resurgence and the expansion of the area within the reach of the Maoist violence have made the country more insecure than ever before. The UPA took the help of the Maoist groups in several States during the last General elections. The Maoists have succeeded in creating a corridor commencing from the Nepal border and extending till Down South. There are districts in several States where the writ of the local administration does not run.
The situation in North-East continues to be tense. Extortion, violence and a sense of insecurity prevails among the common citizen. The UPA government has taken no effective steps to confront this reality. The UPA appears to be reluctant to raise the boundary issue with the Chinese.
The conflicts in the neighbourhood of the country are having an adverse and destabilizing effect on the governance. An unstable Pakistan on the Western border is a cause of concern. Nepal is in turmoil and the Maoists are seeking full control of the state. Infiltration from Bangladesh is unabated. The border districts of West Bengal, Bihar and many areas of Assam all now dominated by illegal immigrants. The out-sourced Al-Qaeda organizations such as HUJI, have now converted Bangladesh into a safe haven for themselves. Even in Southern India, the country faces a spill over of neighbourhood conflict in relation to the LTTE threats. There is no worthwhile foreign policy to deal with this situation.
The Indo-US nuclear deal threatened to hurt India’s nuclear preparedness and its strategic programme. It sought to close our national options. The Bharatiya Janata Party was clearly of the opinion that in its present form the nuclear deal was not acceptable. It is a matter of concern that the Left parties put on a façade of Opposition on nuclear deal but were unable to strike at the UPA when it persisted and still persists with the deal.
The management of India’s economy by the UPA has been a disappointment. The NDA left behind an economy which was on a fast growth trajectory. It was incumbent upon the UPA government to accelerate the growth process. The UPA did not do so. The growth in the past four years has not been on account of any policy initiatives of the UPA but on account of the momentum achieved by the Indian economy during the NDA rule. The UPA used the absence of decision making in the economic field as the political instrument of survival. Its glaring failures in the field of economy have led to the impoverishment of the Indian farmer, the exorbitant rise in the prices of essential commodities and a slow down in infrastructure creation. The policies of the UPA have failed to generate any significant emoloyment.
The rise in prices of essential commodities, particularly food items, has devastated the poor and weaker sections of society. The plight of the Indian farmer continues to be pathetic. He is caught in a debt trap. The number of farmer-suicides across the country has increased manifold. The farmers’ land is being opened out for unfair acquisition without there being any rehabilitation of the deprived farmers. The agriculture crop produced by the farmers is non-remunerative and occasionally the value of the crop and the product is cheaper than the input cost. The UPA is a government rode to power in the name of the welfare of the ‘Aam Admi’. It has instead turned out to a curse on the ‘Aam Admi’.
The UPA’s flagship project the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme is marred with corruption as indicated by the report of the CAG.
All this has rendered the Congress leadership of the UPA into a completely weak and helpless regime. Never had Indian history witnessed the Prime Minister helpless in the matter of taking decisions and enforcing them. Several Ministers handling crucial departments of the government are wrecking havoc on the established policies of the government. Serious allegations of corruption influencing decision making have surfaced with the Prime Minister having no control over his ministerial colleagues. Ministers belonging to certain allies of the Congress party virtually function autonomously, in an unchecked manner with the prime object of collecting political funds and further eroding the credibility of the Central Government.
The role of the Left parties ever since the formation of the UPA government is dubious. The Left started off with a clever strategy of wanting to influence government policies from inside and attempting to occupy the Opposition space outside. It was a victim of its own cleverness. Its threats to the UPA proved to be empty. The Left was always willing to proclaim but unwilling to strike. Its hypocrisy was exposed. From the nuclear deal to the economic policies of the UPA it repeatedly compromised its position. In West Bengal it appeared that the Left front government had launched a war on the farmers. The atrocities committed by it on the people are reminiscent of Stalinist Russia. Today the Left stands exposed with its political and ideologically personality in tatters.
In the face of complete non performance and virtually no achievement to its credit, the only strategy for survival with the UPA and its allies, both within and outside the government, is one of divisive politics. It has taken a series of steps which divides and hurt the country and adds to social tensions. Little does the UPA realize that in the process it has triggered a much larger consolidation of the nationalist Indian.
POTA was an effective law for detection and punishment of terrorism and was compatible with anti-terrorism measures internationally.
POTA was repealed by the UPA without an effective substitute. Today, the terrorists are benefiting from ineffective investigations, easy bail and defence-friendly rules of evidence.
The UPA has set up the Justice Ranganath Misra Committeee which has recommended the grant of reservations under the Dalit quota to those who have converted to Christianity and Islam. Minorities in India are entitled to a separate set of rights in relation to their educational rights. The socially and educationally backward are entitled to special rights which are created. Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes are thus entitled to reservations in jobs and the minorities are entitled to special rights to education. The attempt of the UPA is to create a new set of persons who on account of religious conversion to Christianity and Islam would be entitled to both sets of rights.
The UPA wants to incentivize conversion of dalits to Islam and Christianity. Several States ruled by UPA partners have initiated the process of religion based reservation. Though such reservations are entirely against the constitutional mechanism, the UPA wants to persist with its divisive policy. The Sachar Commission recommendations constitute the most divisive step ever initiated by a government of independent India. Communal reservations and communal budgeting are a remedy worse than the problem being addressed. The 15% allocation in the planned expenditure on basis of Religion will set a divisive precedent in the country.
The stand adopted of the UPA government on the construction of Setu Samundram project was an onslaught on India’s culture and the sentiment of a vast majority of Indian people. To deny the existence of Bhagwan Ram and seek a judicial mandate on the subject is an indication of the insensitivity of the UPA towards the sentiments of the country. In step after step the UPA has sought to denigrate the beliefs of majority of Indians.
The UPA has a history of broken premises. It has failed to have a discussion on the 33% reservation for women in the Legislatures of the country. The UPA has also breached the promise to create a separate state of Telegana. The BJP demands that both these bills be tabled forthwith for approval.
The UPA government has been one of the darkest chapters in India’s political history. The country is fed up with non governance and divisiveness. The Indian farmers is fed up with indifference. “Enough is enough” appears to be the national mood.
This National mood is best reflected in the fact the Congress and the UPA have lot all the major state elections held in the last one year. It is significant that the BJP and the allies have won in four of the large states. The recent victories in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh have established the acceptance of one Nationalist Ideology and Governance Credentials.
It is a matter of national concern that pretexts are being invented to delay the Assembly Polls in Karnataka.
The BJP gives a call to the people of India to prepare for throwing out the UPA government. The next General Election is nearing. The UPA government is tottering. The Left parties are in permanent confusion. The BJP has a historic responsibility on its shoulders. It has to be the harbinger of change. The BJP believes it is its national duty to consolidate the nationalist opinion of this country. We shall further strengthen the National Democratic Alliance and under the leadership of Shri L.K. Advani and the guidance of Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee work for providing an alternative to the Indian people in the months to come.
India needs an effective leader; India has suffered because of an indecisive Prime Minister. It needs a strong government. India needs to tackle the problem of internal security; India needs a farmer-friendly government. The BJP led NDA shall provide the Nation with this clear choice under the leadership of Shri L.K. Advani.