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Congress's manifesto for Lok Sabha polls sounds hollow!
At the first look, the Congress manifesto appears very lucrative and promising. It is claimed by the party that the vision document is prepared based on Rahul Gandhi's vision that was developed during large scale consultation and deliberation with common people. Thus, major promises being Right to Health, Right to House, Right to Pension etc.

Also the manifesto claims to remove poverty alleviation, corruption eradication, focus on infrastructure development, massive job creation etc. There is also a promise for attempting consensus for provided quota in private sectors.

What lacks is the road map to achieve all these claims. To implement all these Right Bills from where the Government will bring fund? Will there be more tax? Right to Education (RTE) Act had been passed since 2009 but is not yet implemented because lack of funds. Government is already facing tremendous shortage of funds and very weak Current Account Deficit (CAD) condition. Food Security Bill too is facing road block on account of fund shortages and thus without addressing fund generating modality, all such promises are simply ends up as electoral sops!

The Congress was exposed seriously when reporters asked hard questions on inflation. PM answered that the inflation is due to global economic condition although they have safeguarded poor people through PDS. But question remains that inflation still remains concern for a majority of people.

Manmohan Singh asserted that UPA's economical growth was better than that of NDA's. It's a decade after NDA rule and none is ready to compare rather stress on present situation. At present the economic condition of common man and even higher middle-class people is in deep trouble. Economic statistics is over-ruled by present misery.

No doubt, Rahul Gandhi's body language was very good when he asserted that BJP's aggressive campaign would explode like its India Shining Campaign failed in 2004! I was really impressed the way he had responded aggressively. It's good that Rahul Gandhi in the mean time developed his personality well!

However, the Congress again remained on back foot, when reporters raised questions regarding ticket to Ashok Chavan. Sonia Gandhi brazen out saying that 'Central Election Committee' of Congress selected him and no law stops him to contest an election. The reporter didn't get a chance to ask a supplementary question. Had he got that chance he would have definitely asked, under which law BSY can't contest an election? Perhaps they would be answerless on such duality. It’s alright, unless one is convicted, he must be considered innocent. But it should be applied to all parties!

Finally, Congress's all such tall promises went in to water, when Supreme Court pulled up central government for not putting any effort to bring back the black money! In 2009, Manmohan Singh promised to bring back black money within 100 days of power! Will now Rahul Gandhi do such commitment!

As a whole, this manifesto could have been more trustworthy had it been from a party which is not in power. With 10 years of rule, out of which last 3-4 years are marred with poor or no performance in any sector, such a manifesto appears to be a gimmick and just an eyewash! All promises sound hollow!

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