Attacking the BJP manifesto, Union Finance Minister P.Chidambaram today said that it contains no "outstanding" idea or theme for development and that many promises in it were a mere "copy" of the Congress' programmes.
"It's a copy, not even a cut and paste job. It is a copy of our ideas. It's not wrong to copy but they should acknowledge," he told a press conference here reacting to BJP's manifesto released yesterday.
The manifesto, it seemed, had been prepared after being in hibernation for more than 10 years. The BJP had been talking as if no development had taken place in the world and India, he said.
"They have criticised successive governments in the last 67 years, forgetting the fact that they had also ruled the country, or had been a partner in the Morarjee government for a brief period for two and half years.
"While congress has given a 10 point Agenda for the Economic development,and 15 point agenda for uplifting the poor to the middle class status.There is not even a pretence of agenda in the BJP manifesto to bring economic revival," the senior Congress leader said.
Chidambaram said whether it was scheme for 100 new cities with technology and infrastructure or single national agricultural market or national multi-skill mission they were mere copy of the Congress programmes which were being already implemented.
He said the e-governance had been already implemented, and the government departments had been already computerised. The digitization of 80 per cent of government records in revenue department was over in Tamil Nadu also.
Referring to the promise that India would be made a global hub for arbitration, he said arbitration centres already existed in Delhi and Mumbai.
The Universal ID idea of BJP was nothing but a copy of the aadhar card. The Self Help group lending scheme already existed, he said.
"The tax policy of the BJP manifesto is a copy of the Congress Policy. It is a copy of my statement on tax policy," he said.
Referring the BJP's assurance that Mahathma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act would be linked to the farm sector, he said MNREGA was brought to provide work for the rural people to give them succour,when there was no rain and monsoon failure and wondered how would they link it to farming activity undertaken only during monsoon season.
BJP's manifesto on food security act was contradictory. While at one Page they promise that effective implementation of