At the beginning of the Budget session, President Ram Nath Kovind addressed the joint session in the Parliament on Thursday, wherein he hailed the efforts of the Narendra Modi-led NDA government for its achievements in the development of a 'new India'. However, senior Congress leader Mallikararjun Kharge, while addressing the reporters, targeted President Kovind over his address in the Parliament and questioned about his comments on the accomplishments of Modi government.
"I felt odd when he (President Kovind) gave two-three examples comparing the achievements of the 50 years of Congress governance (with present government). What is your direction- how are you planning to move ahead - leaving all these discussions, you are saying that we provided electricity to 18,000 villages then who gave electricity to 6 lakh others. This country has 6 lakh villages (small or big), but he talked about 18,000 villages and said there is electricity in every house," Kharge said.
Adding that President Kovind spoke about the developmental projects under his government, while ignoring to cater to the problems prevailing in the country, Kharge termed President's address as an electoral speech.
"His speech sounded like an electoral campaign. He talked about his government. But he did not provide any solution to the problems of people, be it of farmers, unemployment or atrocities against Dalits and minorities. what did he do for the protection of these bodies? He has been maintaining his pressure on the autonomous bodies be it CBI, RBI or CVC and even statistical department, he has pressurized to change the numbers. In fact, he had pressurized the cyber bureau. We will put these numbers ahead of the debates ahead. However, his speech did not provide any different picture to the people or not any step towards the development of the country. All these words were a flop, we will put our words in the Parliament," the Congress leader added.
Addressing the joint session of Parliament at the beginning of the Budget Session, President Kovind said, “Electricity has reached almost every village. Now, India is quickly moving towards a situation where every household will have electricity".
He also spoke about the accomplishments of the Jan Dhan Yojana, saying that under the scheme, "34 crore people have opened a bank account and almost every family in the country is connected to the banking system. According to an international agency, 55 percent of the total bank accounts opened between the year 2014 and 2017, were opened in India."