Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said the country’s GDP would have slipped to a mere one per cent if the BJP-ruled states had not maintained it above the 10 per cent mark.
Making a scathing attack on the Nehru family and the Congress-led UPA government, he attributed the 4.5 per cent GDP of the country to the BJP ruled states such as MP achieving 11 per cent growth.
The UPA has failed on all the fronts, he said. The country has been facing threats from neighbouring countries like China, and internal security has also collapsed due to the threat of terrorism.
The UPA government is not in touch with the issues facing the country, and it has resulted in adopting wrong policies.
“Now they are talking about development and corruption, but what have they done after ruling the country for 57 years? Rahul Gandhi was hesitant to take up any ministerial berth, so how can he be a prime ministerial candidate? he asked.
“Just by sleeping in a poor man’s hut for one night one cannot get perspective on problems facing the country,” he remarked.
The Congress is facing its worst times due to its own sins, and the poor turnout at Rahul Gandhi’s rallies is an indicator of this, he added.
Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who was scheduled to arrive here at 11 am, came five hours later at 4 pm.
By then, half the audience had left the venue. He apologised for coming late and attributed the delay to the bad weather in Madhya Pradesh. “However, the weather is good for the BJP in the entire country, but it is the worst for the Congress,” he said.
He was felicitated with a woollen blanket, a Mysore ‘peta’ and a sword on the occasion.