The Congress has released a brochure as the Narendra Modi government completes nine years in office, posing nine questions about his government's alleged failure in key areas like the economy, national security, social harmony and democracy.
Titled â9 saal, 9 sawaal: Chuppi Todiye Pradhan Mantri ji' ("Nine Years, Nine Questions: Break Your Silence, Mr Prime Minister), the brochure asks questions about the Modi government's performance. In a tweet, the party said that the "authoritarian" BJP regime has "completely failed on every front" and demand a response from Modi.
The brochure criticises the government's economic policies and asks why inflation and unemployment are currently "skyrocketing".
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It also brings up the government's recent decision to withdraw the Rs. 2,000 banknotes from circulation and links it to the controversial 2016 demonetisation exercise.
Asking why the government hasn't honoured agreements it made with protesting farmers in 2021, the brochure moves on to the government's agricultural policy.
"Why is it that the agreements made with farmers while repealing the three black farm laws have not been honoured? Why has MSP not been legally guaranteed? Why didn't farmers' income double over the last 9 years?" it asks.
The brochure takes up the government's record on social harmony, and criticises the prime minister for not calling for peace during incidents of violence, as in Delhi in 2020 and Manipur this month.
Among the remaining sections are mentions of the government's poor democratic record and controversies in its health and welfare policies. The brochure talks about the government's misuse of the Enforcement Directorate, the online attendance policy for MGNREGA workers and the sudden imposition of the Covid-19 lockdown in March 2020.
The nine questions that the Congress has posed to Modi are:
Chief Congress spokesperson Jairam Ramesh said that the party would hold press conferences in 35 cities across the country over the next three days, during which these questions would be raised once again.