SHILLONG, March 18: The Congress party in Meghalaya has opined that its bête noire, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) no longer dares to sing its mantra of ‘Ache Din’ or ‘Better Days’ as it had done earlier.
Attributing this to a failure to live up to the promises that the BJP had made in 2014, Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) chief Celestine Lyngdoh said, “The people should realize that it is high time that the NDA government led by the BJP at the centre should be voted out of power.”
Stating that this time around nobody talks about ‘ache din’, Lyngdoh said this is because the new catch line for the BJP is “hum bhi chowkidar hain”.
“The question is if everyone is a chowkidar what happened to the real chowkidar we appointed? The people of India have appointed Prime Minister Narendra Modi as chowkidar. That is the question that the BJP has to reply to,” he said.
Lyngdoh also said that the Congress had registered victories in Rajasthan, Chattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand because people have seen the lies of the Narendra Modi-led government.
“Modi and other BJP leaders wherever they go to campaign for elections do not dare to talk about the ache din because the NDA government has failed to keep its promises and this is the reason why the Congress had won in these five states,” he said.
Lyngdoh also expressed confidence that the Congress will win both the Shillong and Tura MP seats and said, “Former chief minister Mukul Sangma is all set to give a tough fight and we are confident that the Tura seat will come back to the Congress.”
Listing various reasons why the BJP should be rejected, the MPCC chief alleged that the NDA government had prevented the National Employment Statistical Commission (NESC) from releasing its report with regard to employment scenario in the country and this had led to the resignation of chairman of the commission, PC Mohanan.
In contrast, he said that the NDA had released a report of the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) pertaining to Labour Survey Report 2017-2018 and 6th Annual Unemployment Survey of the Labour Bureau 2016-2017 which had indicated only 3.9% increase in the employment generated during the last four years.