To vote or not to vote- A voter's dilemma

As the country is heading towards 17th Lok Sabha Election, let’s look back to 2014 elections. Lets’s have look at how many promises have been fulfilled in the past five years by the BJP led NDA governmet and also reviewing what Congress has done during their governance.

To vote or not to vote- A voter's dilemma To vote or not to vote- A voter's dilemma Source : Press

As the country is heading towards 17th Lok Sabha Election, let's look back to 2014 elections: As the strong anti-incumbent sentiment was rising high in the country after 10 years of UPA rule, the people of India chose Narendra Modi as the ultimate "messiah". Apart from the promises made by Narendra Modi, the extraordinary coverage of BJP campaigns by the Indian media was the major highlight. Modi at that time was seen as a person who can keep up to his promises. Not to forget the iconic promise of giving 15 lakh within 100 days.


Now, five years down the line, PM Modi's tall promises can be seen collapsing by each passing day.
Let's have look at how many promises have been fulfilled in the past five years by the BJP led NDA government and also reviewing what Congress has done during their governance. The analysis will also help us to decide if the politicians deserve to be voted back to power.


Bhartiya Janata Party

Structuring New India

After coming to power in 2014 the Bhartiya Janata Party pledged to build 100 new cities, equipped with the latest technology and infrastructure. "Developing 100 most backward districts of the country to bring them at par with other districts through prioritized and integrated development" was the statement made by the BJP government.

Status: The project under the smart city concept was launched when Venkaiah Naidu was working as the urban development minister before becoming the Vice-President in the NDA government. However, the cities chosen by the BJP government does not come from the most backward districts of the country.

Job Employment

One of the most important promises made by the Bhartiya Janta Party in 2014 Lok Sabha election manifesto was the creation of new Job opportunities. BJP had held Congress government responsible for what it is now called 10 years of jobless growth. Then BJP decided to reverse the ongoing trend, five years later, we see Narendra Modi's government records on employment is mired in controversy.

Status: As per latest survey India's unemployment rate rose to its highest in 49 years in 2017-2018. The government, in fact, withheld the release of the survey further prompting two members of the board PC. Mohanan and J.V Meenakshi to resign. According to reports founded by the center for monitoring Indian Economy 11 million jobs were lost in 2018.

100 % Electrification

Basic Infrastructure and electricity for all Indians were the main promises of BJP led NDA government. Electricity to all household was also the part of this manifesto. According to government claims they have fulfilled their promises.

Total household: 21,44,91,777
Electrifies: 99.9%.

And then at the end of April 2018, the government announced that every village of India has been electrified.

Status: The UPA government had already connected 1, 09,524 villages to the power grid in 2004 to 2014 through the Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana. The Modi govt. just added 18,374 villages through the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana. Soon as the BJP government announced all villages are electrified an India Today Report found, several villages across the country are yet to receive electricity. The ministry of power report and Saubhagya Scheme April 2018 report 6.4 crore households were still waiting for electricity connections.

Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao

The Bhartiya Janta Party government promised to launch a national campaign for saving the girl child called Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao.

Status: The Beti Bachao Beti Padhao campaign was launched by PM Narendra Modi in 2015 with the sheer aim of addressing India's distorted child sex ratio. Despite allocating Rs 648 towards the scheme ever since its launch, only 56% has been spent on advertising and awareness, and among which only 25% has been given to the states for actual implementation of the campaign on the ground.

Housing For All

Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised to provide shelter to everybody also comprising electricity, water, and toilets.

Status: Although the Modi government claims 100 % electrification It seems access to clean drinking water and sanitary toilets to everybody is a dream far from reach.

National Energy Policy

In its 2014 election manifesto the BJP vowed to formulate a responsible and comprehensive 'National Energy Policy'.

Status: BJP's think tank Niti Aayog has framed a draft policy. The Modi government has discussed it at many ministerial levels. But final approval of the National Energy Policy is still awaited.

Eliminating Corruption

The BJP has time and again promised to formulate a system which demolishes the every root cause of corruption, promote technology-driven e-governance - minimizing the caution in the overall interface.

The series of scams under Congress-led UPA government gave Narendra Modi a much-touted anti-corruption agenda for election campaigns. PM Modi who is often termed as anti-corruption crusader went hog wild at Robert Vadra but failed to perform any investigation. The inability to clear the air about much touted Rafale deal controversy also question parties, so-called anti-corruption narrative.

Status: However, being in the power for almost five years PM Narendra Modi has not appointed a Lokpal as promised in the BJP's manifesto.

Swachh Bharat Abhiyan

Bhartiya Janata Party's main aim in its manifesto was to ensure a 'Swachh Bharat' by Nation's father Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary in 2019. In a time where minorities in the country are lynched, farmers are committing suicide, unemployment is rising, women getting raped and small sector businesses are facing losses, the pledge of "development for all" and the vision of clean India remains hollow and a dream far from the ground reality.

Status: The Programme was launched with Modi government splurging Rs 4,343.26 crore for advertisements and publicity. But clean India still seems to be a dream.

Agricultural Growth & Income For Farmers

The rise in Farmer stress and an increase in suicide rate proves Narendra Modi governments inefficient in handling the situation. The party had promised a minimum support price (MSP) of 50 percent profits and incentives over the cost of production for the farmers.

Status: The promise seems to be Partially fulfilled. Although the government increased MSP of crops, farmers are in still in distress and the agricultural crisis is rising every single year. The country has witnessed several protests across India in the last five years.

Congress

This was the analysis of the current government but talking about the past tenure of Congress-led UPA govt it seems the promises made by every government that came to power is nothing but a Jumla.

Like UPA government promised controlling inflation, reservation for women, etc. Likewise, there was a promise of spending 3 percent of the GDP for public health. "Raise public spending on health to at least 2-3% of GDP over the next five years with a focus on primary health care". This is a quotation from the 2004 National Common Minimum Programme (CMP) of the UPA government.

The 2004 CMP said, "Public spending in education to be raised to at least 6% of GDP in a phased manner".

Don't you think promises are yet again being repeated only to be forgotten once the elections are over?

The question arises once again ahead of the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the citizens of India must ask themselves if the situations are better off today then they were five years ago.

It's time to think and respond do they deserve to be voted back.


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