Where are the promised achhe din?

Where are the promised achhe din?

Submitted by alvin on Mon, 2016-08-22 10:25 The NDA rode to power in the most sensational manner at the Centre in the 2014 general elections. After a very long time, a single party got majority in the Lok Sabha. Modi as the PM candidate was at the forefront of the campaign for the NDA led by the BJP. Undoubtedly it was a historic win for both the BJP and Modi. The government was sworn in May 2014 with the promise of delivering on their poll promises of “Minimum Government and Maximum Governance”. Today, the cabinet is nothing but “jumbo” in size, exactly the way it was in the UPA regime. All the sloganeering during the elections was at the behest of Modi - the PM designate. The results proved the effectiveness of such a sloganeering and raised public’s aspirations in particular.   It is now time for the voter to sit back and think whether the promised “achhe din” have come to him/her or not.  If the voter had not voted for the NDA, would he/she have got bure din? Instead of his savings bank account swelling with the promised Rs15lakhs, the voter is worried about the meager funds in his account depleting with the finance minister’s recent remarks that the interest rate on savings must be cut down by PSBs. Zaroor achhe din aa rahe hai. Modi’s roaring election speeches, which were centred on Manmohan Singh’s silence during the UPA rule, are still fresh in memory. We are left to wonder whether the PM's silence is the effect of the “chair” since Modi has also taken to silence like to fish to water on certain contentious issues. Be it the Parliament or in his regular address to his captive audience through “Mann ki Baath” or organised rallies during his frequent foreign travels, he has chosen the silent route. It is quite hypocritical of Modi to accuse others of silence while embracing it himself. The public, which fell for the bait in 2014, is slowly but surely realising the discrepancy between rhetoric and reality. A combination of “raised aspirations” and “failed promises” are sure recipe for disaster next time around at the ballot box. If reality is the gap between promises and deliverance, then good governance is still far away. The CAG report on LPG subsidy has just burst one false claim of the Modi government. Many more such falsehoods will start revealing themselves in the near future. Where is the Rs1 lakh 13 thousand crore obtained through spectrum auction, as claimed by the Modi government, gone? Only the CAG audit will reveal the truth behind the claim. It is time for the PM to come clean on the manufactured GDP figures and the engineered reduction of inflation by his government. Continually blaming the predecessor is not what the management schools teach their future managers. One should prove his mettle through hard work and sincerity for the welfare of people. No ears will be lent to only whining, complaining, and blame games. So it is time to move on and deliver the promises. The last 26 months of NDA rule has not instilled any confidence in people. The NITI Ayog created after disbanding the planning commission has not brought in any new ideas. Merely changing names of schemes and programmes will remain cosmetic with no tangible results. The old bills introduced by the UPA regime, which were vehemently opposed earlier, are being re-introduced in the Parliament by the same set of people without explaining about the need for the U-turn. The GST bill and the FDI in retail are two such examples of NDA’s U-turns. Are we to believe that they are short on creativity or they simply opposed the bills because they just wanted to oppose? India wants to know why there has been tectonic shift in the NDA mind set. It is every Indian’s right to know why there is no clarity on a variety of economic issues and honest deliberation on the bills being re-introduced in the Parliament. Let PM Modi come clean in his next address on “Mann Ki Baath” since he abhors interactive sessions with the press and the general public. Author: Born on 3 Dec 1954 at Sringeri in Chikmagalur District, Karnataka Wg Cdr GB Athri (Retd) joined the Indian Air Force as a commissioned officer in 1976. He served the IAF with distinction, for over 25 years at various stations, all over India including the border posts.