Not good sign of Achchhe Din? Eight controversies prove dampener for Modi Government

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his maiden government on Wednesday completed its three months in office. In a period of just 90 days the BJP-led NDA government has named several achievements under its credit. Similarly, the new dispensation, which is under very high media and opposition's scrutiny, has sparked several controversies which brought it embarrassments too.

Here are a few major controversies which put a spanner between Narendra Modi government's "Achchhe Din" records.

1. Row over Union Minister Nihalchand's name in a rape case

The Government had to suffer its first humiliation after name of Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers Nihalchand Meghwal with 16 others cropped up in an FIR lodged by a 24-year-old married woman from Jaipur over charges of rape. In the FIR filed in 2011, she had alleged that the accused had sexually harassed her. The Government had to face its first massive criticism for including a rape-accused in its cabinet.

2. Government's Hindi diplomacy

Opposition attacked the Narendra Modi government for its directive on the use of Hindi as the medium for government communication on social media. Several parties came against government's move saying it demeans other regional languages. The government was also criticised for celebrating Sanskrit week in CBSE schools.

3. FYUP and UPSC row

The Centre had to face criticism after a section of the teachers in the Delhi University demanded scrapping of Four-Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP). Finally, the University Grants Commission (UGC) had to order the DU to scrap the controversial programme and revert back to the earlier three year undergraduate degree. Another such educational reform crisis came across government's way after some of the aspirants, mainly from Hindi background, had in July held protests demanding the scrapping of the Civil Services Aptitude Test ( CSAT), terming it discriminatory towards those from Hindi background. The HRD Ministry was criticised for distancing itself from the controversy.

4. Judicial Accountability Bill

Another controversy that came across the Narendra Modi government's way when it decided to scrap the collegium system and passed the Judicial Standards and Accountability Bill that is aimed at replacing the present judges - appointing judges - system with a six-member commission. This move was considered as interference by the government into the matters of the judiciary.

5. Transfer/sacking of governors

Immediately after coming to office the Narendra Modi regime had asked several Congress loyalists appointed governors to resign so that the government can appoint the governors of its choice. Transfer of former Gujarat Governor Kamla Beniwal, Kerala Governor Shiela Dikshit, Uttarakhand Governor Aziz Qureshi, and Maharashtra Governor Sankarnarayanan were a few that stoked controversy, when some of them refused to do resign, and gave a chance to the opposition parties to criticise the government.

6. Arun Jaitley's comment on December 16 Delhi gang rape

The Government had to face several criticism when the Union Minister Arun Jaitley while addressing a tourism ministers' conference said, "One small incident of rape in Delhi advertised world over is enough to cost us billions of dollars in terms of global tourism." The finance minister had to clarify over his remark but not before bringing humiliation to his government.

7. Z+ security to tainted MLA Sangeet Som

The Centre invited latest trouble after the Home Ministry on Tuesday decided to accord Z-plus security to Sangeet Som, BJP MLA from Uttar Pradesh whose role is under question in Muzaffarnagar riots. The MHA may have cited intelligence reports saying Som faces threat to his life but the move has sparked a massive controversy.

8. BJP leader conspiring against Rajnath Singh and his son

In a latest twist in Narendra Modi government, Rajnath Singh reportedly complained against one BJP leader to top leaders of the party and to RSS. According to sources, the Union Home Minister asserted that a few of his party colleagues have been conspiring against him using his son's name. This incident highlighted rift within the BJP. The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) however dismissed it as "plain lies". 

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