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UPA lacks vision, says Gadkari

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(From left) Chief Ministers of Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat — Prem Kumar Dhumal, Shivraj Singh Chauhan and Narendra Modi — at the meet of CMs of BJP-ruled States, in New Delhi on Saturday.— Photo: R.V. Moorthy
(From left) Chief Ministers of Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat — Prem Kumar Dhumal, Shivraj Singh Chauhan and Narendra Modi — at the meet of CMs of BJP-ruled States, in New Delhi on Saturday.— Photo: R.V. Moorthy

BJP president Nitin Gadkari on Saturday lashed out at the UPA government for its “all-round failure” and accused it of being “without leadership, vision, a sense of direction and commitment.” Mr. Gadkari said this had led to a policy paralysis.

He was addressing a day-long conclave of BJP Chief Ministers held to take stock of the ‘grave’ economic situation, drought in parts of the country and how the BJP-ruled States were coping.

In the course of the deliberations, the Chief Ministers listed “practices of good governance” being adopted by them, which made “a difference to the people” in their States compared to the ‘abysmal’ performance of the Congress-ruled ones.

The inaugural speech of Mr. Gadkari focussed entirely on the UPA government.

“The UPA government lacks the political will to take decisions. It is acting as a speed breaker for growth. The economic situation is serious. The Gross Domestic Product is falling, and the governance deficit and policy paralysis are worsening, with economic reforms being avoided.”

He claimed that the National Democratic Alliance had now become National Development Alliance, as three of the BJP-ruled States — Chhattisgarh, Gujarat and Jharkhand — were among the six top States where the GDP growth was the highest in the country.

Later briefing reporters, BJP spokesman Prakash Javadekar said the party would bring out a booklet highlighting the cases of “harassment, political vendetta and step-motherly treatment meted out to the NDA-ruled States.”


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