India's growth: Chidambaram slams Modi

New Delhi, Sept 23 : Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Monday Gujarat Chief Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP's) Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi over his remarks on India's growth during the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) regime.

"Wonder why Narendra Modi should stage a fake encounter with facts. Ultimately, facts will prevail," Chidambaram said in a statement.

"The average growth rate during Atal Bihari Vajpayee's tenure was six per cent," he said.

In a sharp attack on the UPA government, Modi on Sunday said it has never given a performance report in the past nine years.

"The UPA is in power for the past nine years. However, not a single UPA leader is ready to tell what they have done for the people during this period," Modi said while addressing the annual national convention of Overseas Friends of BJP in Florida via video conferencing on Sunday.

Modi said: "2014 is a year of big decisions...The 2014 general elections will reflect the voice of the people. It is not being fought by any leader or party. It will be fought by the people for their dreams."

Praising the tenure of National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, Modi said: "Atal Bihari Vajpayee's term as the Prime Minister of the country is an example for the nation. The NDA government gave people a new hope that 21st century will be India's century...But the dream was shattered after Atal ji left power."

The BJP recently named Modi as the Prime Ministerial candidate of the party.

--IBNS (Posted on 23-09-2013)

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