The Gujarat Assembly Elections are going to be held at the end of this year, so every political party in the state is girding up for them. At one end, the former Chief Minister of Gujarat, Mr. Keshubhai Patel, has increased the harassment of Chief Minister Narendra Modi by floating his own political party, namely the Gujarat Parivartan Party. At the other end, the Congress Party is leaving no stone unturned to conquer Gujarat. This time the state Congress has given all the responsibilities of the Assembly Elections to Shankersinh Vaghela, senior Congress Leader of Gujarat. Shankersinh Vaghela, along with the Chairman of the Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee, Arjun Modhwadia, has started making strategies for removing Narendra Modi from power. Whether their efforts will succeed or not can’t be said at the moment. But the way in which women from the lower class and the middle class are queuing up for application forms being distributed by the Congress Party for providing new houses, should be a matter of concern for the existing BJP Government.
For the upcoming Gujarat Assembly Elections in December, no party in the state has yet issued its manifesto for the Elections. But the Congress party has started their Election Campaign long before issuing their manifesto for the elections. On 24 July, at the Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan at Ahmedabad, the State Congress held a press conference and initiated their election campaign under the name of Gujarat Praja Vikas Darshan 2012. On this occasion other than Shankersinh Vaghela and the Chairman of the Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee, Arjun Modhwadia, Opposition Leader of the Gujarat Assembly Shaktisinh Gohil, Dr. Tushar Chaudhary, MP from Bardoli constituency, senior Congress leaders Narhari Amin and Arvind Singhvi were also present. Before elections, political parties usually start attacking the Party in power and also start luring voters by promising to introduce new schemes. The Congress Party did so by briefing the media about the objectives of the Gujarat Praja Vikas Darshan 2012. The Congress Party elaborated that with the help of this Darshan they will work on those 13 areas which Narendra Modi always has ignored during his tenure of 17 years. The most surprising point is that from 24 July till 28 August, only 5 areas have been announced, that means the Congress party firstly introduces one area of concern and then only talks about another. These areas include the promise of providing houses to poor people, on which issue the women of Gujarat have been lathi charged.
The Congress leaders of the state are claiming that they have distributed 28 lakhs application forms for providing houses at cheap rates in 8 cities and 159 towns of Gujarat. If the Congress comes to power then within 5 years, they intend to construct 15 lakhs houses for the poor people of Gujarat. After this announcement from the Congress, the real estate sector of Gujarat has become very active and the Housing Board has also decided to sell their application forms. But on 27 August, when people came to collect the forms from the Board Office, they were disappointed as no forms were given to them and they were told that the Board hasn’t printed any forms yet. Some people were standing in queue since a day before for collecting the forms. The next day when the crowd increased and the people did not get the forms, then it was obvious that violence would take place. Police were informed after the mob became violent and they beat the poor people. The crowd that came to collect the forms clearly indicates that even though Narendra Modi has been making tall claims, the number of homeless people in the state are quite large in number. When these people came to pursue their dream of living in a house, they were beaten up — which should not have happened.
In the name of the Gujarat Praja Vikas Darshan, the Congress is making big promises to the people of Gujarat. The Congress Party is probably thinking that it is not going to come to power, so what is wrong in making promises. But this may bring them some seats in the upcoming Assembly elections.
In the name of the Gujarat Praja Vikas Darshan, the Congress is making big promises to the people of Gujarat. The Congress Party is probably thinking that it is not going to come to power, so what is wrong in making promises. But this may bring them some seats in the upcoming Assembly elections. On the first day of the Congress campaign on 24 July, Arjun Modhwadia announced that if the Congress Party come to power, then VAT (Value Added Tax) will be totally removed from fertilisers, due to which 46,61,000 farmers of the state would get direct profit. Moreover, it was also promised that VAT will be reduced from CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) which would make 1,36,35,000 people happy. But we all know about the conditions of the farmers of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan, where the Congress is in power. We also know due to the increase in VAT on CNG in Delhi, the people who are using auto rickshaws and cars are not happy with the Government. The Congress is already in power in those states. When the Congress Party has been unable to do anything for farmers and for people who rely on transport in the states where it is in power, what will it be able do in Gujarat ?
After 24 July, the Gujarat Congress took six days to make their second announcement and on the seventh day, that is, 31 July, they announced their Housing Scheme. The poor women who lined up for collection of forms started fighting against each other and were also beaten up by the police. The Congress has divided the proposed houses into three classes. It has been said after establishing the Government, the first class of houses would be provided to low income families after a one-time payment of Rs. 70,000. The remaining amount should be paid in installments. These houses will be of 278 square feet in which one room, one kitchen and bathroom will be available. The second class of houses would be provided after a payment of Rs. 1,00,000. These houses will be of 543 square feet in which one room, one kitchen and bathroom will be available. The third class of houses would be provided after a payment of Rs. 1,80,000. These houses will be of 857 square feet in which one room, one kitchen and bathroom will be available. The remaining amount should be paid in installments, with low interest rates the repayment time period would be 15 years. Every year 3 lakhs houses would be built. This scheme is good and in favour of poor people. But the problem is, who will guarantee that the Congress will be able to form its Government in Gujarat.
The Congress took 12 days more for the third announcement and on 13 August, they announced something that was in favour of the 10 lakhs workers and 6 lakhs retired workers of the state. On this issue the Congress promised that the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission will be fully implemented and to dispose off the complaints of the workers, a Gujarat Administrative Tribunal would be formed in accordance with the Central Administrative Tribunal. Other than this, for the recruitment of workers, changes in the rules of the Gaun Seva Pasandgi Mandal and the Public Service Commission would also be made.
On 22 August the fourth, and on 28 August the fifth announcement was made. According to the fourth announcement, in the name of the ‘Ghar nu Ghar’ scheme, the Congress promised to provide flats of 100 yards to poor and homeless women, in which the Government will provide a loan up to Rs. 1 lakh for constructing a residential unit in a 30 square meter area. The loan can be paid back within 15 years. On 28 August, in the fifth announcement, the health related schemes for the public were discussed. The Congress promised that if the Gujarat Government came under their control, then they will establish the Gujarat Medical Services Corporation. All kinds of medicines would be made available in all the government hospitals, the prices of the medicines would be reduced and 250 life saving medicines would be distributed free. For the middle class families, the State Government would provide health insurance up to Rs. 30,000. Along with this all the Medical Centres would be provided with modern technology.
If we go through the history of the promises made by the Congress, then we will find that the Congress has made the most fun of poor people. ‘Congress ka haath aam aadmi ke saath,’ this is the slogan of the Congress Party. But everybody knows how happy the common people are with the Congress Party. The Congress Party which is in power at the Centre is unable to do anything really substantial for farmers, penurious people and workers hrough which they can prove that they are really thinking of the welfare of the common people. Inflation is such that even middle class people are finding it difficult to run their families. Petrol and diesel prices are increased after every two to three months. Farmers are committing suicide as they are unable to repay their debts. After all these, if any Constitutional Committee produces any report on the activities of the Congress Party, then it is found that the Congress Ministers are involved in some kind of corruption. Even the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh’s hands are black due to the coal scam. In that case, how do the common people have trust on the promises made by the Congress Party? The promises made by the Congress would have been trusted if they would have done something for the common people of those states in which they are in power. Recently, we have observed that before the Assembly Elections that were going to be held in five states, the Congress Party, to earn the votes of the Muslims, cheated them in the name of reservation. Firstly without any logic or justification, they cleaved 4.5 pec ent quota for the minorities from the 27 per cent quota of the OBC’s and then in their manifesto for the Uttar Pradesh elections, they mentioned that this reservation was only for the Muslims, not for the minorities.
Due to this lie, the Muslims drifted far away from the Congress and consequently the Party was defeated in the elections. Therefore it is clear that the attitude of the Congress Party towards the minorities and the common people has never been correct, even though the Congress Party has very good ideas and also announce attractive schemes. But when the time for fulfilling these promises comes, they turn their faces. Currently they are in power in 12 states of the country. There they should have done something in favour of the public by sending an affirmative message to the common people of those states where elections are going to be held. But The Congress is doing nothing in this regard. In that case what is the guarantee that after coming in to power in Gujarat, the Congress Party would fulfill its promises of providing houses and other benefits to needy people in the state?