UPA rule marks 4 years of unkept promises: BJP

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Hyderabad, May 15 (UNI) The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance Government's rule in the country marked four years of 'unkept promises', Bharatiya Janata Party president Rajnath Singh claimed today.

Addressing a press conference here, he recalled that the Congress made ''tall promises'' to almost all sections of society including the poor, labourers, Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, farmers, minorities and women.

Describing the Common Minimum Programme as the 'starting point' of the Government, he said even after four years in office, the UPA Government was still standing at the starting point as it had failed to fulfill most of its promises.

The biggest unkept promise made by the UPA Government was to provide relief to the common man, he added.

He said spiralling prices of essential commodities and rocketing inflation had become pressing national issues due to the ''disastrous and insensitive economic policies'' formulated by the UPA Government.

The Manmohan Singh Government had promised the farmers of significant increase in public investment in agriculture and reduction in interest rate on farm loans. However, the interest rates remained high during the last four years and the so called increase in investment in agriculture was neutralised by high inflation, he added.

He also accused the Congress of turning Andhra Pradesh into a laboratory to puruse its ''communal agenda'' through religion-based reservation.

Contending that the recommendations of the Sachar Committee amounted to threat to the secular fabric of the country, he said the Delhi High Court had vindicated the BJP's stand that religion should not be the basis for allocating natural resources. The BJP was of the view that poverty should not be defined through person's religion.

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