Jairam Ramesh
India's former Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh during an interview earlier this year.Reuters

Launching an attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh on Tuesday said that the country has been "trapped" in a culture of 'NAMO', meaning 'No Action, Message Only', since BJP came to power.

"The country is now trapped in 'NAMO' or 'No Action, Message Only'," Ramesh said while reacting to the PM's recent jibe at the way the government system works through ABCD (Avoid, Bypass, Confuse, Delay). Modi had said it should be replaced by 'ROAD' i.e. 'Responsibility, Ownership, Accountability, Discipline'.

Modi had, at a day-long workshop on the 'Make in India' campaign on Monday, stressed on collective decision-making, adding that silos in government functioning had been done away with, reports India Today.

"Government is generally trapped in 'ABCD' culture from top to bottom... A means Avoid, B-Bypass, C-Confuse and D-Delay. Our effort is to move from this culture to 'ROAD' where R stands for Responsibility, O-Ownership, A-Accountability, D-Discipline. We are committed to moving towards this roadmap," Modi had said at the workshop.

Ramesh, who was the union minister for rural development when the UPA passed the land acquisition bill, did not take too well to the government taking the ordinance route to administer major alterations in the law.

"Now 'MODI' stands for 'Murder of Democratic India'," he said without mincing any words. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee meanwhile said that her government would not implement land act amendments.

Calling the land ordinance a "black ordinance" and "unjust", Mamata said, "They will snatch your land at gun point. I throw this challenge. We will not allow this in Bengal. They will have to do this over my dead body."

Addressing a public meeting at Kharagpur College ground, the West Bengal CM said that the situation under the Modi government was "worse than Emergency", adding that the government was bulldozing democracy across the country.

Mamata's outburst came a day after the Centre vouched for promulgation of an ordinance making key changes in the Land Acquisition Act.