Accusing the Congress-led UPA Government of complete destruction of Indian economy, the BJP on Sunday claimed that the NDA ruled states have made all-round economic progress, despite obstacles and discriminatory attitude of the Centre.
The party also claimed that the BJP and NDA-governed states have done better than the Congress governments, though the slowing economy posed many constraints.
“All states where the BJP is in power are facing difficulties due to the step-motherly treatment meted out by the Centre,” BJP leader Yashwant Sinha said at a press conference, detailing the issues that were taken up at the BJP Chief Ministers’ Conclave on Saturday.
The daylong meet of the BJP Chief Ministers and Deputy Chief Ministers discussed policy paralysis in the UPA Government and economic growth in the BJP and NDA-ruled states.
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, Prem Kumar Dhumal of Himachal Pradesh, Raman Singh of Chhattisgarh, Shivraj Singh Chouhan of Madhya Pradesh and Jagadish Shettar of Karnataka attended the conclave.
Grabbing the opportunity to attack UPA’s credibility, Sinha said the complex web of manipulations by the Congress leadership resulted in losses to the exchequer and pushed the country up in the league of corrupt nations.
Touching on Antyodaya-focused development of the BJP states, Sinha came down heavily on the UPA policy for welfare schemes stating that the Congress could not give inclusive growth, but the BJP-ruled states have touched every segment.
“It is Sarvodaya (growth of all), strengthened by Antyodaya (welfare of the last man). For them (the Centre), inclusive growth means inclusive corruption, crony capitalism and unbridled inflation. But now, there is an emergence of an alternative model of development that is in full bloom in the BJP-ruled states,” he said.
The BJP claimed that given a chance to rule at the Centre, it would implement this model that entailed inclusive growth, federalism where states would be full partners and all institutions would be in full play.
Inaugurating the conclave on Saturday, BJP president Nitin Gadkari had claimed that the current growth rate of the country was due to the higher growth rate achieved by the NDA-ruled states, which managed over 10 per cent growth.
“When the NDA left office, the debt to GDP ratio was 17.8 per cent. Today, it is 68.05 per cent. This has led to India’s poor standing among the BRIC countries,” Gadkari said.