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Jaitley slams Chidambaram for economics slur on Modi

Jaitley said, ‘This statement comes from a keen student of economics who can be credited with pushing India’s GDP growth to below 5 per cent. Chidambaram believes that he is a principal repository of all economic wisdom. It is a different matter that he along with the other members of the UPA’s dream team to manage the economy, have presented to the country not a dream but a nightmare.’

He further said that political administrators who manage the economy are not known by their academic attributes but remembered by their footprints of performance they leave behind.

While giving examples of some of the leaders, he said, ‘Former prime ministers Atal Behari Vajpayee and PV Narasimha Rao had no claim to high levels of scholarship in economics. Experts are always available for special assignments in a government. It’s a different matter that the Congress chooses to make them finance ministers.’

He said, ‘Political leaders are supposed to provide the leadership and decisiveness required for the management of the economy. They are required to build consensus on economic issues. The same qualities were seen both in Rao and Vajpayee. It is for this reason that they find a special mention in history. Modi does not claim to be an economist. The manner in which he has administered Gujarat for the past 12 years has demonstrated his decisiveness and ability.’

Jaitley has praised Modi by saying that Gujarat is an industrial hub of India and its agricultural economy has grown in double digits.

BJP likely to announce LS candidate list for UP, Maha in 2nd week of Feb

New Delhi:
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is likely to announce its candidate’s list from Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra for the up-coming Lok Sabha election in the second week of February. It was learnt that on 7 February, party president Rajnath Singh will suppose to have a brain storming session to make a first list of probable candidates whose chances of winning are high. ‘Later, a final list will be declared in the second week of February,’ a BJP source said.

He said, ‘Initially, the party is likely to declare list of candidates for 38 seats from Varanasi, Lucknow, Bareilly and Poorvanchal. We are also concentrating more on Balia and Salempur seats, where we have failed to make any presence ever. The decision on focusing more on these two seats came after a meeting between our leader Amit Shah and party president.’

PM to Jaitley: Lokpal advt not against rules

New Delhi:
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in a letter to Arun Jaitley has assured that no rules were flouted while inviting applications through advertisement for the post of Lokpal chairman and its members.

He also wrote in his letter that the initiative has been taken to ensure that the ombudsman is established at the earliest. ‘May I, at the outset, assure you that the advertisement issued in this regard is strictly in terms of the provisions of the Act and the rules framed there under,’ PM mentioned in his letter to Jaitley.
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