Dubbing Congress leader P Chidambaram's charges against the government's economic policies as "baseless and irresponsible", the BJP today said the former finance minister's claims were a case of "the pot calling the kettle black" as India was the fastest growing major economy now after its growth rate had fallen under the UPA.
Giving a point-by-point rejoinder to Chidambaram, Union minister Prakash Javadekar accused him of "insulting" the self-employed people with his "pakoda" jibe and said the Congress had to pay a heavy price for running down a "'chaiwala", a reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's background.
"The Congress has become a party run by people depending on commissions. Its policy is about benefiting fixers and insulting those who depend on hard work," he told a press conference here.
Chidambaram had earlier said the state of India's economy was bad due to the wrong policies of the NDA government.
Javadekar said India remained the fastest-growing major economy in every year of the NDA rule and had clocked a growth rate of 7.7 per cent in the last quarter.
Under the UPA, the inflation rate had touched double digits while the growth rate was lower, whereas during the NDA rule, inflation had been between 2.5 and 4 per cent with a much higher growth rate, he added.
"It is a case of the pot calling the kettle black," the Union HRD minister said of Chidambaram's charges.
Taking a dig at the veteran Congress leader, Javadekar said he did not speak much during the probe -- a reference to Chidambaram's questioning by the Enforcement Directorate -- or that people were not aware of what he had said, but was now levelling baseless and irresponsible allegations against the government.
He also said the problem of non-performing assets (NPAs) was a sin of the UPA government.
Stating that the food security law might have been enacted by the UPA, but it was the NDA that had implemented in all the states, Javadekar said while the opposition parties staged protests when the petroleum prices were rising, they had kept quiet when the prices were falling for several days.
Hitting back at Chidambaram over his claim on lack of jobs in the four years of the NDA rule, the Union minister said a consistent economic growth had resulted in creation of lakhs of jobs in every sector, including over 10 lakh government jobs.
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