BJP tom-toms GDP figures; hails Jaitley’s economic skills

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on January 27, 2018 Published on June 01, 2016

BHUPENDRA YADAV, BJP general secretary

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The ruling BJP was in a celebratory mood on Wednesday, extending congratulatory messages to Prime Minister Narendra Modi a day after the GDP figures for the March quarter stood at 7.9 per cent to buttress India’s position as the fastest growing major economy.

A good month

It has been a good month for the BJP, with a big victory in Assam and gains in Kerala, consolidating its position as the biggest political party in India with substantial growth in the hitherto unchartered geographical terrains of the North-East and southern India.

As the party looks towards its next big challenge in the politically critical State of Uttar Pradesh, where the PM will lead his party’s national executive for meeting on June 12-13, the plan seems to be to spread the good cheer through its mammoth organisational apparatus.

Party general secretary Bhupendra Yadav addressed the media on the occasion today, hailing the “stringent financial management and economic skills of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley”. This achievement, he said, is even more significant in the shadow of bad monsoons in the two preceding years and not-so-encouraging world markets.

Growth numbers

The BJP leader underlined the fact that India has left China behind in growth numbers.

“In this quarter, our GDP has grown from 7.3 per cent of the last quarter to 7.9 per cent. The estimates for this quarter were 7.5 per cent but the GDP grew over the estimates because of the good financial management of this government.

“We have left behind the second largest economy of the world, China, which has remained at 6.7 per cent — a fall from the last quarters,” said Yadav.

Yadav said the contribution of the farm sector to this “spectacular” growth is significant because India has recently faced two consecutive draught years, which affects agriculture negatively.

Negative politics

The BJP also attacked the Congress for doing “negative politics” when the Prime Minister is “working ceaselessly” for the development of the country.

“In the leadership of our Prime Minister Narendra Modi, our government is working for financial inclusion and economic development of the poor of our country, whereas the Congress is opposing the government and its works for mere political reasons,” he said.

“The GST Bill is opposed only for petty political benefits. Similarly, ADHAR and CAMPA are being opposed, which is a direct attack on the spirit of federalism of our Constitution and country.

“But even in these political adverse situations, the government has kept its promise of Sabvka Sath – Sabka Vikas to include every citizen of this country in the process of overall development,” said the BJP leader.

Published on June 01, 2016
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