It’s been almost a year Modi government is in power. We all remember 2014 Lok Sabha elections wherein people voted for the change that Modi promised – change in ways that UPA government functioned, made policies, promulgated them and the whole thing that it was associated with. Throughout his election campaign, Modi promised that much needed change the common man of India desperately demanded and needed. With the hope to run Gujarat model, or even a better one to suit the national interests, Indian voters found Modi promising and decided to give him a chance to do the desired. However, after one year they feel this government is behaving no different to UPA.
With the current upheavals in politics, some intelligent Indian voters feel that government formation at the centre is just a game between two teams only, read BJP and Congress. Either of the two parties comes to power and do nothing substantial to change the life of a common man. The option of third parties has been already put to test in the past and results were no different. However, the fact remains that they haven’t been in full majority ever and were entangled in the politics of coalition. Does this mean voters should test their metal with full majority? This is just a speculation and we hardly know if such thing will ever happen.
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After one year of rule, many believe that we have another UPA government in action at the centre. The belief is not arising out of nothing. If we consider some latest developments, it seems true. BJP fiercely opposed the Foreign Investment in the Retail that UPA government had approved. Now it gets nod from the Modi government too. We all remember BJP led states blocking Goods and Services Tax bill that UPA favoured. It is now steered by Modi government. The other instances include FDI in private insurance, promise of increased allocation of MNREGA and land swap treaty with Bangladesh. Modi government’s ‘U’ turn on these issues and loyalty to UPA’s past is now in the clear light of the day.
Rhyming with UPA policies
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Opposing bills when in opposition, approving the same when in power is nothing but sheer hypocrisy, and misleading the people who put their trust in the party. In spite of bitter rivalry with Congress led UPA, the current government is successful in getting some laws that UPA proposed cleared in the parliament, but with no better ideas, changes/amendments or innovation for good whatsoever. In such a situation, deciding how the current government is different to the former is little difficult, if not all that impossible.
BJP government at the centre clearing the bills that it opposed when it was in opposition indicate one thing: it is behaving no different to UPA government.