It has been three years since Narendra Modi was elected as the Prime Minister of the country. The clock is ticking by and yet most of promises which he made during his election campaigning are yet to be fulfilled. He was elected by a clear mandate, and also fulfilled his key promise ‘Congress mukt Bharat’.
But now as we can see Prime Narendra Modi and his Cabinet is just publicly backtracking from the promises the BJP made during 2014 Lok Sabha elections. But these were the promises that led to a BJP’s humungous victory. In 2014, people of India gave Narendra Modi a sweeping mandate, but instead of the promised ‘Acche Din’ they are witnessing systematic attack on India’s institution. The promises made by Narendra Modi have now left the citizens bewildered and confused.
Inflation, rural distress, drought and low farm incomes are making life miserable of the fellow countrymen. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made big promises in terms of economy but have failed to deliver those promises, his Hindu nationalist views can weaken India’s secular character and hurt the economy in turn. The Narendra Modi-led government seems to have bitten off more than they can chew, as it is struggling to keep its prominent poll promises. On his birthday, here are some promises that Modi hasn’t fulfilled.
Uniform Civil Code:
The Modi government promised Uniform Civil Code, but is still unable to pass any resolution on it. With the Supreme Court judgment holding triple talaq unconstitutional and illegal, will government finally take any step towards Uniform Civil Code? The Uniform Civil Code would basically cover all these personal laws into one unified set of a secular law that would apply to each and every citizen of India regardless of his/her religious community.
The Modi-led government also failed to keep its employment promise. Modi in his 2014 lok Sabha rallies promised the youth of the country that he will create one crore jobs which he failed. Youth of the country is still strugling to find jobs. The importance of creating employment opportunities in India cannot be overstated. But Modi promised himself in many rallies, but failed miserably in keeping the promise. Worse, the Modi government has even failed to match the job creation rate seen in 2013-14, the last year of United Progressive Alliance (UPA).
Ganga clean up:
The pet project and the poll campaign main promise due to which Modi won his constituency (Varanasi), the Ganga clean up, but again failed to fulfill it. BJP committed to ensure the cleanliness, purity and uninterrupted flow of the Ganga on priority, but it has been three years it hasn’t not been cleaned yet.
The biggest poll promise and a flagship scheme of the Modi government, Swachh Bharat, has failed to live up to its hype. According to an India Spend report in 2015, over a crore toilets were built during the per year in the period 2008-11, compared to just 80 lakh toilets built across the country in 2015-16. A survey by the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) in 2015-16 also highlighted that six out of every ten toilets built under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan had no water supply.
Peace and harmony in society:
The BJP’s manifesto also promised “ensure a peaceful and secure environment, where there is no place for either the perpetrators or exploiters of fear.” But once again Modi-led government failed to keep this promise too. But during Modi era now we are seeing gau goons to lynching to anti-Romeo squads, the list goes on. Human rights group Amnesty International flagged attacks by cow vigilantes, communal and, caste-based violence against Dalits under the Modi government as a major concern, in its 2016-17 Annual Report.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in its annual report released the numbers behind the government’s demonetisation exercise. The report revealed that 98.96 percent — or Rs 15.28 lakh crore out of the Rs 15.44 lakh crore — invalid currency notes had come back into the banking system by the end of June 2017. India’s economy, which was one of the fastest growing economies in the world, slowed significantly after demonetisation. Demonetisation caused India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth to drop 1 percentage point (pp) to 6.1 percent in the January-March 2017 period, against the Central Statistics Office’s estimate of 7.1 percent. Politically, Modi is a winner as he successfully sold the idea that demonetisation was aimed to blow lid off the wealthy who hoard black money. But demonetisation is a policy failure, which forced common people and economy to suffer.
Make in India:
One of the most ambitious projects of PM Modi, “Make in India” has not been able to get the anticipated response. The project was expected to create more jobs.
Electrification of all urban and rural houses:
One of the big promises of the Modi government was that of ensuring electricity for all, and particularly in rural India. In fact, the promise was for reliable power access for all, which formed a major part of Modi’s campaign pledges in 2014. The big push to rural electrification came in 2005 with the launch of the Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY) and then accelerated further in 2010-11, when there was a significant increase in budgetary outlay for this. True to form, the Modi government has basically renamed the scheme, to Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana, and then sought to take credit for all of it. Since taking power, the Modi government has added another 19,219 villages (or 3.2 per cent of the electrified villages) to this total, thereby bringing it close to the total number of villages.
Perhaps Modi’s most aggressive attacks on the UPA were on the government’s policy towards Pakistan. He accused Manmohan Singh of being a PM who lacked the guts to take on Pakistan. But it turns out that despite Modi’s “muscular” foreign policy, ceasefire violations from Pakistan have actually increased. Several Indian soldiers and civilians have died and the attempts to build pressure on Pakistan have failed.
The Rs 15-lakh promise:
One of the most publicised promises made by Modi during the Lok Sabha elections’ campaign was that the NDA government would credit Rs 15 lakh in every honest taxpayer’s bank account, after it had brought back the black money stashed overseas. Even, demonetisation was done in order to bring in black money. But, all that is done, and we are still yet to receive Rs 15 lakh.