Congress releases ‘black paper’ on Modi govt’s ‘failures’ since 2014

New Delhi: The Congress released a ‘black paper’ on Thursday to highlight the “failures” of the Modi government, flagging issues such as unemployment, price rise and “farmers’ distress.”

The release of the ‘black paper’ titled ‘10 Saal Anyay Kaal’ by Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge comes ahead of the government’s tabling in Parliament of a ‘white paper’ on the “mismanagement” of the economy prior to 2014 with an aim to draw lessons.

“We are releasing a black paper against the government because the government always glorifies itself in Parliament and hides its failures. And when we say something about their failure, we are not given a chance, so today we are bringing out the black paper here. It contains details about unemployment, which the BJP government never discusses,” the Congress President said at a press briefing.

Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Kharge said he talks of Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi when asked about the price rise but “they are ruling now and they should answer what they have done.”

It was Modi’s guarantee to provide 2 crore jobs and ensure MSP for farmers and now the prime minister should say he could not do it, but instead he has come up with new guarantees, the Congress President remarked.

Remarking that inflation has increased in the country, Kharge said PM Modi kept comparing it with the Congress instead of reducing it. “If the Modi government wants, it can control inflation on daily essential items, including pulses and oil. But PM Modi imports things from outside to benefit his friends,” he said.

He also remarked that the Congress had ensured India’s independence and in 2024, it will take the country out of the BJP’s “darkness of injustice.”

Referring to PM Modi’s 90-minute reply to the Motion of Thanks on President’s Address in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, Kharge said, “He (PM Modi) didn’t mention the employment generated by the public sectors like HAL, BHEL which were established during Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s tenure.”

Kharge alleged that the Centre is discriminating against all the non-BJP-ruled states and neglecting them.

“There is a danger to democracy in the country…In last 10 years, 411 MLAs were taken on their by the BJP. They toppled so many Congress governments. They are finishing democracy,” the Congress president said, sharpening his attacks against the Centre further.