Congress challenges PM for live debate on 8 years of Modi govt

Dubbing the eight years of Narendra Modi government as India’s fall from “peak to bottom”, Congress on Thursday alleged that the period has been marked by misgovernance, high inflation and communal polarisation.

The grand old party released a booklet in Hindi titled “8 saal, 8 chhal, BJP Sarkar Viphal” (8 years, 8 deceits, BJP government failed).

Congress alleged that one after another, BJP’s “disastrous policies have contributed to the fall of the Indian economy.” “What was once the fastest growing economy, is now in turmoil thanks to the BJP’s 8 years of misgovernance,” the key Opposition party alleged, adding that “inflation is touching an all-time high and so are unemployment levels.”

“To hide its failures, BJP is spreading hatred and communal polarisation. They are trying to play the ‘80% vs 20%’ game,” AICC spokespersons Ajay Maken and Randeep Surjewala said.

“India is slipping across all global indicators… In the Global Hunger Index, in 2014, India was on the 55th position and today we are at the 101st position… In the Press Freedom Index, we stood at 142 and now we’re at 150… For a democracy, the Rule of Law Index is very important, but from 35 we have fallen to 79,” they said.

The eight years of BJP rule has seen “continuous threats” to the sovereignty and security of our country, with China continuing to infiltrate our borders, and the “Prime Minister remaining silent,” alleged Congress.

The Congress also challenged PM Narendra Modi for a live debate on his performance, adding that he can pick the moderator and news channel of his choice for the event.