Congress’ ‘9 Saal, 9 Sawaal’: 9 Questions for PM Modi on 9 Years of BJP Government

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The Congress has released a document titled ‘9 Saal, 9 Sawaal’, demanding answers from PM Modi on issues like escalating prices, unemployment, and farmers’ income while also seeking an apology for what they perceive as a “betrayal” during his tenure.

Jairam Ramesh, a Congress party leader, along with Supriya Shrinate (L) and Pawan Khera (R), among others, addresses a press conference in New Delhi on Friday, May 26, 2023. (Photo: PTI)

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi marks his completion of nine years in office on May 30, the Congress has expressed its intention to present nine questions to him on this significant occasion.

During a press conference at the party headquarters in Delhi, Jairam Ramesh, the Congress General Secretary in-charge of communications, emphasized the party’s desire for the Prime Minister to address these questions and break his silence on them.

The questions primarily revolve around concerns regarding increasing prices, unemployment, and farmers’ income. Additionally, the Congress has also demanded an apology for what they perceive as a “betrayal” that occurred during PM Modi’s tenure.

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The Congress has recently released a document titled ‘9 Saal, 9 Sawaal’ (9 years, 9 questions), raising significant concerns and posing questions to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Jairam Ramesh, during the press conference, inquired about the reasons behind the soaring inflation and unemployment rates in India.

He also questioned the widening economic disparities, the alleged sale of public property to the Prime Minister’s associates, and the failure to honor agreements made with farmers during the repeal of the three “black” farm laws.

Additionally, Ramesh raised concerns about the absence of a legal guarantee for the minimum support price and the lack of significant growth in farmers’ income over the past nine years.

Accusing the government of corruption and favoritism, Ramesh further questioned the Prime Minister’s decisions to jeopardize the hard-earned savings of the people in institutions like LIC and SBI for the benefit of his friend Adani.

He also criticized the government’s perceived inaction against rampant corruption in BJP-ruled states and expressed concern over the suffering of the Indian population.

Addressing the issue of China and national security, the Congress sought answers as to why, despite the Prime Minister’s clearance in 2020, China continues to occupy Indian territory. The Congress highlighted the numerous meetings held with China and questioned their refusal to relinquish Indian territory while maintaining aggressive tactics.

Jairam Ramesh, while posing questions to the Prime Minister, criticized the alleged use of “politics of hatred” for electoral gains and accused the government of fueling an atmosphere of fear in society.

He questioned the Prime Minister’s silence on the atrocities committed against women, Dalits, Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), Other Backward Classes (OBCs), and minorities. Ramesh also raised the issue of ignoring the demand for a caste census.

Concerning democracy and federalism, Ramesh questioned the weakening of Constitutional values and democratic institutions over the past nine years. He further accused the government of practicing revenge politics against opposition parties and leaders while utilizing financial power to destabilize elected governments.

The Congress also targeted the ruling party regarding welfare schemes, questioning the reduction of budgets and the imposition of restrictive rules that weaken initiatives aimed at supporting the poor, needy, and tribal communities.

The Congress has raised concerns about the Modi government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, questioning the lack of compensation for the families of the over 4 million people who tragically lost their lives. They also criticized the sudden imposition of a lockdown that left millions of workers stranded without adequate support.

Jairam Ramesh, highlighting Rahul Gandhi’s consistent questioning during and after the Bharat Jodo Yatra, expressed disappointment over the absence of answers to these pressing issues. Ramesh emphasized the need for the Prime Minister to break his silence and address these concerns.

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