Amid a raging debate between growth and equity in the context of Narendra Modis projection of the Gujarat growth model,Union finance minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday said the UPA government will continue to pursue an inclusive and sustainable model even if that means sacrificing growth at times. He virtually argued that the Gujarat model lacks inclusiveness.
Chidambaram,while replying to a debate on the state of the economy advocated the need to combine passion for growth and compassion for poor. BJPs Ravi Shankar Prasad argued that the UPA fared poorly as compared to the NDA while Chidambaram hit back with comparative figures of growth.
He said if the NDA track record was good and the UPAs was poor,why did the BJP lose elections in 2004 and 2009. Mani Shankar Aiyar too contested Prasad and accused the BJP of indulging in misplaced criticism instead of giving constructive suggestions.
While the BJP and the rest of the Opposition riled against the government,JD(U)s N K Singh lauded some achievements indicating growing closeness between the JD(U) and the Congress.
The discussion gave glimpses of what could be the broad campaign themes in the general elections. Slamming the UPA,Prasad said a good economy can never come unless there is good politics.