New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lawmaker Syed Zafar Islam on Thursday attacked the previous Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government as an “underperforming alliance”. His remarks came days after Congress MP and former Union minister P Chidambaram called the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) a “no data available” government during the budget discussion in parliament.
“I want to remind them (UPA) that they mentioned (in their manifesto) providing electricity to everyone. Have they? No,” the BJP MP told the Rajya Sabha, adding that it was the NDA government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi that delivered on the promise.
BJP member Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh added, “They made many promises to provide water to every home in India and eradicate terrorism… UPA failed to deliver on their promises, so we took over his unfinished business”.
During the budget discussion in the Upper House on Tuesday, Chidambaram claimed that of India’s 940 million workers, only 520 million were employed while the rest were looking for jobs, despite “the Prime Minister’s promise Minister to create 20 million jobs a year”. ”. The Congressman had cited data from the Center for the Monitoring of Indian Economy (CMIE) report on unemployment which suggested the employment rate was 7.4% in urban areas and 6.54% in rural India.
Zafar Islam said Chidambaram’s mention of CMIE data was “misleading”. “He (Chidambaram) took data from a week of January and presented it to Parliament with the aim of misleading Parliament…I challenge him to present the correct data to the House” , the BJP leader added.
“The January CMIE data shows that the unemployment rate has dropped drastically to 6.57% and reached pre-pandemic levels… Every month, our government is creating 10 lakh (1 million) jobs. What does this suggest? He asked
Continuing his research at UPA, Islam said: “In 2021, when the public needed our help, we distributed Atmanirbhar parcels to support marginalized communities. But now that jobs are coming back, our Conservative budget is given as a benchmark… If necessary, we will increase our budget based on people’s needs.
Defending the fiscal deficit in this year’s budget, he added: “We gave very conservative numbers…because we know the kind of growth we will see. In FY22, our tax recovery estimate was 9.9%, but it has dropped to 10.8%.