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Chidambaram's charges baseless, irresponsible: BJP

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Dubbing P Chidambaram's charges against the government's economic policies as "baseless and irresponsible", the BJP today said the former minister's claims were a case of "the pot calling the kettle black" as was the fastest growing major economy now after its growth rate had fallen under the UPA.

Giving a point-by-point rejoinder to Chidambaram, accused him of "insulting" the self-employed people with his "pakoda" jibe and said the had to pay a heavy price for running down a "'chaiwala", a reference to Narendra Modi's background.

"The 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.

had earlier said the state of India's economy was bad due to the wrong policies of the NDA government.

Javadekar said 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 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 -- 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

Stating that the 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 over his claim on lack of jobs in the four years of the NDA rule, the 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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First Published: Mon, June 11 2018. 20:40 IST