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Modi government short-selling the country: Congress

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  31 Dec 2015 12:00 AM GMT

NEW DELHI, Dec 30: The Congress on Wednesday launched an all-out attack on rendra Modi government, saying it has failed to revive the economy, its style was authoritarian and it was short-selling the country as no tangible gains were visible from its diplomacy.

Addressing a year-end press conference here, Congress senior spokesperson And Sharma said the nineteen months of Modi government have been marked by “uccountable centralization of power”, and this “authoritarian style of functioning has resulted in breakdown of the structures of governce”.

“On economy front, the government is clueless how to revive the economy. We are not doing well in any sector,” he claimed.

Sharma alleged that the government’s mindset was of perpetual confrontation with the opposition and accused Prime Minister Modi of not keeping the opposition informed on issues of tiol interest and strategic import.

“Insulting and belittling the political opponents, pursuing politics of vendetta and selective targeting, would justifiably lead one to the inference that this government does not believe in bipartisan consensus on issues that concern India’s tiol interests,” he said.

On foreign policy, Sharma said Modi has surpassed his predecessors in engaging with India’s strategic partners and other countries, but a tangible outcome was still awaited.

“The prime minister and the government are shortselling the country and there are no tangible gains visible as of now by his form of diplomacy,” he said.

“Diplomacy and statecraft require gravitas and seriousness in engaging with leaders of other countries. Equally important is the need of consistency and predictability in engaging with neighbouring countries,” he said, adding “hype, photo opportunities and high profile events cannot be a substitute for serious diplomacy”.

Sharma, who is party’s deputy leader in the Rajya Sabha, accused Modi of brazening out allegations of corruption and acts of omission and commission against his ministers and BJP chief ministers, while the political atmosphere has been vitiated in “furtherance of BJP and Sangh Parivar’s divisive agenda.”

Accusing the government of failing to live upto its promises, he said it has chosen “to create a smokescreen making boastful claims” on the economy. (ians)

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