President Murmu’s speech is like BJP manifesto for 2024, says Opposition | India News


NEW DELHI: Opposition parties on Tuesday criticised the President’s address alleging that the speech was like the “first chapter” of BJP’s manifesto for 2024 and key issues related to controlling prices, communal harmony and women were “missing”.
In her maiden address to the joint sitting of Parliament on Tuesday, Droupadi Murmu said the country had a government that was “stable, fearless, decisive”, working for all classes without any discrimination and giving thrust to ‘virasat’ (heritage) as well as ‘vikas’ (development). Murmu spoke of the government’s relentless fight against corruption, the “biggest enemy of democracy and social justice”.
Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge said it was the “government’s statement that has come through the President” and there was nothing new in it. “If the government is claiming that the country has progressed so much, why do the poor of the country continue to suffer due to unemployment and high inflation?” he said and alleged that schemes “renamed” by Modi government were “not reaching the poor”.
“As is convention, President’s address to both Houses of #Parliament is written by GoI. Any line in speech about controlling prices, creating jobs, strengthening (fiscal) federalism, promoting communal harmony, passing Women’s Reservation Bill? Oh and two miserly lines about the north-east,” TMC Rajya Sabha MP Derek O’Brien wrote on Twitter.
CPI’s Binoy Viswam alleged empowerment of women, youths, Dalits and tribals was only on paper. “The historic Central Hall witnessed the President’s address, maybe for the last time. Everything related to the freedom struggle and Constitution are being dumped. The address seems to be the first chapter of the ruling party manifesto for 2024. Words are lovely; truths are not!” he tweeted.


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