BJP slams UPA II on rising prices as Govt. completes 100 days in office

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New Delhi, Aug 29(ANI): On the occasion of the UPA Government completing first 100 days of its second inning at the office on Saturday, the Bharatiya Janata Party blamed the government of having become instrumental in thrusting more sufferings on the masses instead of giving relief to common man on the price front.

Criticizing the Centre's claims of implementing promises in its first 100 days in office, the BJP on Saturday alleged that the UPA had belied hopes of the people.

Addressing media persons, BJP spokesman Prakash Javdekar said the Government had also failed to deliver on promises regarding the Women's Reservation Bill, strengthening the Right to Information Act and some flagship programmes.

Javdekar blamed the UPA Govt. of taking a U-turn on national consensus on vital issues like climate change, WTO and Indo-Pak comprehensive dialogue and alleged that the government had committed its worst diplomatic blunder on these fronts.

Meanwhile, senior women political leaders on Saturday criticised the ruling Congress party for not keeping its promise on passing Women's Reservation Bill in the first 100 days after coming to power.

Brinda Karat, Polit Bureau Member of Communist Party Of India (Marxist), said it's very important to have the Constitution amended for increased representation of women in Parliament.

"The 100 days of the government is over as far as Women's Bill is concerned that is one of the very crucial assurances given in the President's address and there has been absolutely not even one inch forward on that extremely important issue," Brinda Karat said after attending a seminar on Women Reservation Bill held in the national capital.

"He (Prime Minister Manmohan Singh) didn't achieve any marks as far as women are concerned. Because he made a promise, made a commitment on his own, voluntarily, to bring this legislation within 100 days but he didn't," said Najma Heptullah.

The Bill is being opposed by various male MPs of various parties while some want modification in it.

The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government on Saturday completed first 100 days of its second inning in the office at the Centre.

Under Dr. Manmohan Singh's leadership the UPA Government so far had a mixed bag of journey which included historic measures like passage of the Bill for Free Education to Children, while Women's Reservation Bill, increasing prices of basic commodoties, drought situation in various parts of the country and swine flu pandemic dampened the start of the coalition government's second inning this time.

The Government recently faced flak of various political parities in the Parliament over signing of the Joint statement signed with Pakistan at Sharm-el-Shaikh in Egypt.

The 100-day programme of the government showed promise when Prime Minister Dr. Singh made it clear to his Cabinet colleagues that business as usual would not do.

Though the Government could not move forward on the long-pending Women's Reservation Bill despite the government sounding resolute to move ahead in the 100 days, the Government could take solace that it did register success on the issue of providing 50 per cent for women in Panchayats (village councils).

The Union Budget for 2009-10 presented by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee sought to inject a massive booster dose with doubling up of outlays for rural development at a time of sluggish growth, which is expected to be six per cent this year.

The government has asked various ministries to detail the work done in the first 100 days so that it could come out with a Report to the People soon. (ANI)

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