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Chidambaram dares BJP to contradict official data on economy under UPA rule

The former finance minister reacted after Amit Shah asked his party leaders to challenge Chidambaram for an open debate on the govt's economic policies based on facts and figures

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

P Chidambaram
P Chidambaram

Senior leader Sunday dared the to contradict an official data on growth which has said the economy clocked a 10.08-per cent growth in 2006-07 under the UPA rule, the highest since liberalisation in 1991.

The former finance minister reacted after president Amit Shah asked his party leaders to challenge and others from the opposition for an open debate on the government's economic policies based on facts and figures.

said the has already started a data-based debate and has put out the data, including (CSO) data on growth during NDA-1, UPA-1, UPA-2 and NDA-2.

"Does accept CSO data or not? Let BJP put out data contradicting CSO data," he told PTI here.

According to the back series data on GDP, released by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MOSPI) last month, clocked a 10.08- per cent growth rate in 2006-07 under the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the highest since liberalisation of the economy in 1991.
 

The highest ever growth rate since Independence was recorded at 10.2 per cent in 1988-89 when Rajiv Gandhi was the prime minister, the data said.

The back series data on GDP has been prepared by the Committee on Real Sector Statistics, constituted by the National Statistical Commission. The report has been released on the website of the MOSPI.

After the data was released, Chidambaram had said the Congress-led UPA-1 and UPA-2 governments delivered the highest decadal growth since the Independence.

The average growth rate under the UPA-1 government was 8.87 per cent, during which it also registered double digit growth rate of 10.08 per cent in 2006-07 and under the UPA-2 dispensation, it was 7.39 per cent, he had said, citing data on gross domestic product (GDP) released by the Statistics Ministry.
 

The BJP, however, had said the data was not official and that it had not been accepted by the government yet.

(BJP) president Shah said Saturday the government had performed far better on the economic front than the UPA, and asked party leaders to challenge Chidambaram and other opposition leaders for an open debate on the government's economic policies, based on facts and figures.

"Party leaders should challenge Chidambaram & Co with facts and ask them to come for a debate on the economic policies of the government," Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, quoting Shah's presidential address on the inaugural day of the BJP national executive meet here Saturday.

First Published: Sun, September 09 2018. 17:25 IST
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