Cong Wants to Keep Poor in Poverty Trap, Alleges BJP

Published: 16th September 2015 05:06 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th September 2015 05:06 AM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: The BJP on Tuesday cited the latest World Bank report to claim that the party had been able to provide good governance, while the Congress was still suffering from its old mindset. The report on the ease of doing business has put four BJP-ruled states among the top five.

Referring to Bihar’s 21st position, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said the BJP-led NDA would propel the state to top slots in a few years if it was voted to power. “The report has shown a mirror to Congress about its negative and anti-development politics. While BJP is working to remove poverty and making programmes for the country’s progress, Congress wants to keep the poor trapped in poverty because if they are empowered and developed, they will no longer remain its vote-bank,” Javadekar said. Noting that all top six ranks were shared by BJP-ruled states, besides Andhra Pradesh, where its ally TDP is in power, he said the Congress should respond to it and apologise for its politics.

“The whole politics of Congress is based on keeping the poor poor. It did so when it was in power and it remains so now in opposition,” Javadekar said in a reference to the party’s opposition to the land and GST bills. The minister also took up the issue of Kutku dam’s incompletion, work on which had started in 1970s, and blamed successive Congress governments at the Centre and lack of interest shown by the Nitish Kumar dispensation in Bihar for this.

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