The Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s real test in which he is always successful has begun. He is the BJP’s main campaigner perhaps the only one to convince the people to vote for the party during election campaigns. In the Lok Sabha elections in 2014, he had stock of stories about the alleged scams committed during the UPA regime and he made promises like giving two crore jobs to the unemployed youth and depositing Rs 15 lakhs in the account of every person in the country, and he achieved a grand success with this by winning an absolute majority. Then he continued repeating the same version of his speeches during the state assembly polls. Here also he got the success. Now when he has ruled the country for more than four and a half years and met many failures and few and far between successes, his performance report is disappointing and dejecting. He is facing the mini general elections i.e. assembly polls in five states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Mizoram and Telangana. As the Lok Sabha elections are only six months away, these polls across the country north to south and from east to west will indicate the reaction of the people against the Modi government. Particularly in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan where the BJP has been ruling for a long time, the people’s verdict will impact the 2019 elections. The surveys so far conducted show that the Congress has an upper hand in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan while there is a tough fight in the Naxal dominated Chhattisgarh.
Now the Prime Minister is misleading people about his government performance. At Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh on November 12 addressing a poll rally, he said, “People often ask me how I deliver so much on so many fronts – from road construction, electricity distribution, electrification of railways to building schools or raising IIMs and IITs, where do you get so much money from. I say this money was there earlier also….This is not Modi’s money, but yours; earlier it was kept under the bed or in large jute bags…….demonetization brought them all out and that is why we see so much work being done.” This is a big lie to mislead the people. On one hand he spoke of usual development which has nothing particular with the BJP government, on the other he justified the note ban decision by his government. It is now clear to one and all that the note ban decision was the most disastrous blunder committed by him. It cannot be justified by any argument by any economic expert. Almost all persons who know something about country’s economy castigated the Modi government. The unwarranted and reckless step which was opposed by the then Governor of Reserve Bank of India Raghuram Rajan simply demolished the country’s economy and slowed down economic growth. Thousands of small industries were closed down and millions of people were rendered jobless. It did not bring out any amount of black money what was described by the PM as money stuffed in jute bags. More than 99 per cent of the money that was in circulation was deposited in the RBI. Almost all opposition leaders blasted the government for demonetization and the Congress conducted rallies condemning the measure on its second anniversary. I need not quote these leaders.
As an economic expert Raghuram Rajan said, “Two successive shocks of demonetization and GST had a serious impact on growth in India.” Ignoring the ground reality the Prime Minister is now taking the people for a ride saying that the black money was unearthed by the note ban and all development was done by that money only. It is an attempt to soothe the wounds of a common man which are still agonizing them mentally and physically. This is the false, baseless and misleading propaganda indulged in by the Prime Minister who is the star campaigner of the ruling party. Having criticized Rahul Gandhi and the Gandhi family, he said the Congress president had no right to find fault with him. As a strong opposition leader, Rahul Gandhi continues to go hammer and tongs against the government showing the people how the Prime Minister was back on his old job of lying for the sake of votes.