Modi@9: BJP blitzkrieg versus Congress offensive


Union Minister Smriti Irani giving presentation on achievements of Narendra Modi government at Ashoka Hotel, New Delhi.

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By Manish Anand

New Delhi, May 26: On this day, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had bagged another mandate with 303 Lok Sabha seats to set the stage for the formation of the government led by Narendra Modi as the prime minister on May 30. The BJP aided by Union ministers brought out minefield of statistics to demonstrate that the Modi government’s achievement is a case of full glass.

The Congress brimming with adrenaline rush on the back of a massive Karnataka Assembly election verdict has stepped up the offensive against the ruling BJP by launching a slew of narratives – ‘Nakami ken au saal (nine years of misgovernance) and ‘BJP’s parivar; 9 years 9 faces’.

The BJP will be seeking to capture the national and regional headlines with its track record. The Congress too riding on the media finally giving the party space will go to the level of the district towns to turn the heat on the Modi government.

With the Lok Sabha election for 2024 less than a year away and crucial Assembly polls later this year, the two national parties – the BJP and the Congress – will wrestle out on the political mat for a popular narrative for a month at least.

“The Modi government not only aimed at the summit of success but also cared for those who are at the bottom of the pyramid,” said Jagat Prakash Nadda, the BJP president, while addressing the national media at the Ashoka Hotel during a special programme to brief the achievements of the Modi government ahead of the ninth anniversary.

Union Minister for Women and Child Welfare Smriti Irani conducted a virtual tour for the media to share glimpses of the achievements of the Modi government, which included the statistics on houses built for the poor, construction of toilets, roads, highways and waterways, launch of Vande Bharat trains, free ration for 80 crore people for over two years, improvements in the manufacturing sector, and so on.

The Congress reminded that Modi had promises housing for all and doubling of farmers’ income by 2022, which have been forgotten. The main Opposition party also claimed that Modi had promised that India would be free of malnutrition by 2022, “which also turned out to be false”. The Congress also accused that the Modi government “cheated the people on the promise of creating two crore jobs each year”. The Congress counted a number of claims made by Modi, which didn’t meet the timeline.

“We will go to the level of blocks to communicate our achievements,” said a Union Minister, while interacting on the sidelines of the event at the Ashoka Hotel on Friday. The Congress too has readied its leaders to hit the ground to not allow the BJP run the blitzkrieg unchallenged.

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