Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge has taken a strong stance against the BJP-led government at the Centre, accusing it of resorting to slogans and evasive tactics when confronted with crucial issues such as inflation and unemployment. Speaking at the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting in Hyderabad, Kharge emphasized that the government’s slogans, including “Self-reliant India,” “5 trillion economy,” “New India 2022,” and “Amritkaal,” were mere distractions and not solutions to the nation’s problems.
Kharge urged his party leaders to convey to the public that these slogans wouldn’t bring about progress for the country. He underscored the importance of explaining that these slogans are meant to conceal failures and that the government cannot hide its shortcomings by spending significant sums on events and advertisements.
Kharge addressed various pressing issues
In the CWC’s first meeting since its reconstitution on August 20, Kharge addressed various pressing issues and called for a caste census. He also reminded the party of its immediate challenges, including upcoming assembly and Lok Sabha elections.
Kharge raised questions about the government’s enthusiasm surrounding the G20 Summit and criticized the expenditure of ₹4,000 crore for the event held in Delhi, which is part of a rotational hosting arrangement. He noted that Brazil had assumed the leadership of the G20 in rotation.
Highlighting India’s historical standing on the world stage, Kharge referenced India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, who spoke about the nation’s growing respect and responsibilities in the global community after gaining independence in 1947. Kharge expressed hope that the Modi government would shift its focus from self-congratulation to addressing public concerns and pressing issues.
Kharge also praised the success of the Opposition Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) bloc, which now comprises 28 parties. He noted that the government’s reaction to the alliance’s activities, including deploying enforcement agencies for alleged political retaliation, goes against the principles of a healthy democracy.
The Congress president hinted at the possibility of concrete decisions being made at the CWC, which was convened three months ahead of assembly elections in five states, including Telangana.