UP election 2017: BJP failed to field Muslim candidates, says Chidambaram

Chidambaram claimed the BJP government is not capitalising on opportunities to boost the economy, post the announcement of the budget in 2014.

By: ANI | Chennai | Published:March 14, 2017 9:26 am
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Delivering the first annual lecture of The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy here, former union finance minister P. Chidambaram on Monday highlighted the lack of Muslim candidates to be the loophole in the Bharatiya Janata party’s (BJP) election campaign.

In his address, Chidambaram questioned the possibility of economic growth excluding the support of the Muslim community, women and backward classes, adding that the BJP’s astounding victory in Uttar Pradesh is debatable.

“Is it possible to ensure long term economic growth by excluding the largest minority community or women or the scheduled castes or the scheduled tribes (from contesting assembly polls)?” he asked.

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Prior to this, Chidambaram claimed the BJP government is not capitalising on opportunities to boost the economy, post the announcement of the budget in 2014.

Furthermore, he alleged that the budget did not meet the expectations in terms of infrastructural expenditure and investment in the housing sector.

“By the end of March 2014, there were clear signs of recovery and the growth rate of economy climbed back to 6.54 per cent under the new methodology. With crude prices falling further and commodity prices declining and a new government in place, the stage was set for a major push towards growth,” he said.

“Though there were lots of ‘activities’, none of the government initiatives contributed in boosting economic growth. The activities distracted the government from its main task of designing and implementing a reform programme,” Chidambaram added.

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  1. H
    Mar 14, 2017 at 6:31 am
    Chiddu and his gang of crooks thieves traitors and lovers have always indulged in communal politics. Why should they change now after 70 years?
    1. H
      Mar 14, 2017 at 6:29 am
      You failed even after fielding a host of Muslim candidates to appease the Muslim bite bank! Why would BJP do what a loser does?
      1. V
        viveksheel chhibber
        Mar 14, 2017 at 8:36 am
        1. H
          Mar 14, 2017 at 4:16 am
          Chiddu must know that he and his Party have made things easy for the BJP By raking up No tkt to Muslims and Poor treatment of dalits.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Daya Shankar"s wife was given a Ticket and now he has been brought back as well.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;BJP does not need 40% of the vote as they will get 99% of the rest as was the case in UP.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Chiddu is trying be in the spotlight with his Eyes on becoming Congress President as its only time before Raga Quits