Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma on Saturday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “lying” and “misleading” the country, and dared him to bring out a white paper on the state of economy and job creation in the 27 months since the NDA took office.
The counter-attack comes a day after Modi spoke critically about the economy left behind by the Congress-led UPA.
Sharma also said Modi’s statement that he does not believe in politics of vendetta has been “proven wrong” by his track record. Sharma alleged that “intolerance, confrontation and vendetta” are part of the DNA of Modi, his party, and the RSS.
A day after Modi said in an interview to CNN-News18 that he had wanted to bring a white paper before his government presented its first budget but opted against it in national interest, former finance minister P Chidambaram tweeted Saturday, “Govt should publish the contemplated White Paper. Before they withdraw the Economic Survey of 2013-14…Also withdraw RBI Annual Report and CSO Report for 2013-14. They will be non-White Papers.”
Sharma claimed that Modi delivered many sermons during the interview and “misled” the nation and spoke “untruth”. He said the 10-year UPA period saw GDP grow by four times and national income had tripled. At least 140 million people were lifted out of poverty, he said, but in the last 27 months, merchandise exports has been on a decline and all key parameters of the economy — investments, savings, capital formation, capacity utilisation and merchandise exports — are in “sharp decline”.
Contesting Modi’s claim that India has recorded its highest FDI inflow since independence under his government, Sharma said the claim is “false, factually incorrect, and it is a matter of deep disappointment that India’s Prime Minister is telling lies to the citizens”.
Sharma said, “(Modi should) come out with a white paper and tell the country about the falling investment rate, manufacturing rate, dipping exports, industrial production and non-creation of new capacities.”