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GDP growth declined due to demonetisation: Congress

Press Trust of India  |  Raipur 

general secretary B K Hariprasad today accused the president of presenting "fake" statistics, and claimed that growth declined after the

"The economy has witnessed a steep decline due to the When the left the office, the growth was 6.7 per cent which has now declined to five percent," Hariprasad said at a press conference here today.

Asked about Shah's claims over growth, the leader referred to cases of fake encounters in in which Shah had faced allegations, and added, "Shah is also good at presenting fake statistics."

Hariprasad, who is Congress' in-charge for Chhattisgarh, was in Raipur as a part of his party's national campaign to highlight 'failures' of the

The at the Centre can not understand how to save the "falling" economy and is busy coining slogans, he said.

The has given unlimited powers to the department which is now raiding and harassing honest taxpayers for no reason, he said.

Despite fall in the international crude prices, the is keeping the petrol and diesel prices high, he said.

Even seven months after the demonetisation, the has failed to inform people about the amount of money which returned to the banks, he said.

The law and order situation in the country has deteriorated, he claimed.

"Murders and rapes are being reported frequently in Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and other areas. Atrocities on Dalits have increased. The situation in Kashmir is out of control. For the first time in the history, curfew was imposed for 130 days in the valley. Our jawans were attacked brutally on the border," he said.

"Prime minister Modi has no time to meet the families of farmers, but when vice president Rahul Gandhi tried to meet the kin of the affected farmers (in Madhya Pradesh) he was stopped," Hariprasad said.

"Protests in Neemuch, Mandsaur and Dewas were not carried out by workers...But it's a birthright of to stand by farmers," he said, when asked about an FIR against MLA for inciting farmers during the protests.

He however added that never defends any kind of violence, and asked why no action has been taken against senior leaders for giving provocative speeches.

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First Published: Tue, June 13 2017. 21:42 IST