BJP has failed to fulfil promises of ‘acche din’: Rajya Sabha MP Raghav Chadha

| Updated: 07 December, 2023 4:39 pm IST

NEW DELHI: On Wednesday, Aam Aadmi Party MP Raghav Chadha accused the Bharatiya Janata Party in the Rajya Sabha of failing to fulfil the economic promises of ‘achhe din’ that had propelled them to power in 2014, stating that it had completely “disappeared from their discourse”.

Chadha fact-checked the saffron party’s commitment to achieving a $5 trillion economy by 2022.  He questioned when the government plans to achieve this target, highlighting the significant gap between promises and reality.

As per the Union Budget 2023-24, India’s nominal GDP is projected to reach Rs 301.75 lakh crore, with a growth rate of 10.5% from the estimated Rs 272.41 lakh crore in the fiscal year 2022-23. In US dollar terms, this would equate to a GDP of $3.63 trillion in the current fiscal year.

Chadha also expressed concerns about the government’s promises relating to banking, life insurance, accident insurance, pension, and retirement plans for every Indian. He also questioned the effectiveness of the Jan Dhan Yojana accounts referring to the 2022 Economic Survey. He said, ”Merely three out of 100 individuals in India possess a life insurance policy, and only one out of 100 hold a non-life insurance policy, as per official statistics. Has the government ever cared to check on the accounts created through Jan Dhan Yojana?”

The Finance Ministry has reported that the total number of Jan Dhan accounts in the country has crossed the 50 crore mark this year.

The unfulfilled promises, according to Chadha, included the doubling of farmers’ income, housing issues, toilet access, 24×7 electricity supply, LPG cylinders for every household, tap water connections, and making India malnutrition-free. The AAP MP supported his claims with evidence, citing the increased debt of farmers and the rise in Open Defecation Free (ODF) rates.

Additionally, Chadha highlighted the rising prices of LPG cylinders, the withdrawal of subsidies, and the challenges faced by Ujjwala Yojana beneficiaries. He pointed out that over 40% of rural households still lack tap water connections.

The Rajya Sabha MP also remarked on the irony of even MPs facing housing challenges, emphasising the glaring gap between promises and reality.

On Monday, the Rajya Sabha approved a motion to lift the suspension of AAP MP Raghav Chadha, based on a suggestion from the privileges committee. The suspension, in effect since August 11, has been deemed a satisfactory penalty for Chadha’s alleged violations by the Supreme Court.

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