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Thursday , July 10 , 2014
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Congress shows off economic survey

New Delhi, July 9: The Congress today used figures from the economic survey tabled in Parliament to pat its back and take on the BJP, which has been accusing the UPA of messing up the economy.

Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi quoted the figures to underline that there had been a marked improvement in all key indices during the 10 years of UPA rule.

“The game of this government is to pass the buck. It was evident in the railway budget and now they are going to do the same in the general budget. But before they do that the economic survey report has exposed their pretence and excuse,” Singhvi said.

The economic survey report tabled by the Modi government today said that the number of poor had declined from 40.7 crore to 26.9 crore in the period between 2004-05 and 2011-12, the years when the UPA was in power, Singhvi pointed out.

“There was record foodgrain and milk production in the last year. India now ranks first in global milk production and accounts for 17 per cent of the world’s production. These facts show that the NDA has a solid and substantial inheritance,” the Congress spokesperson underlined.

The forex reserves now are thrice that inherited by the UPA government in 2004, he added.

During the price rise discussion in the Lok Sabha, speakers from the treasury benches had blamed inflation on the policies of the UPA government. “The Congress government put so much burden on the common man that people reduced them to such a low figure that now the party is not in a position to claim the Leader of Opposition’s post,” BJP MP Anurag Thakur had crowed.

When the Congress staged a walkout on the price rise issue, BJP members jeered the party and blamed it for everything wrong in the country.

The economic survey figures have therefore come as a boost for the party.