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Centre’s flawed policies caused economic slide, says RSS chief

The Rashtriya Swayayamsewak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat on Sunday blamed ‘intrinsically flawed’ policies of the Congress-led UPA government at Centre for the economic downturn and also struck down the talks on India becoming a economic super power.

‘The economic condition of the nation has a direct and instant bearing on the routine and life of the common people... and presently the common man is reeling under the unbearable weight of unending price rise,’ Bhagwat said while addressing the annual Dussehra gathering at Reshimbagh ground here.

Without referring to populist schemes of government, Bhagwat said, ‘the fiscal deficit, current account deficit and depleting foreign exchange reserve have led to stagnation of the economic growth, besides a steep rise in foreign debt in comparison to GDP clearly indicates that our economic policies are wrong,’ Bhagwat said.

‘It is a matter of concern that we are searching all means to arrest the trend of fall of rupee in international market, so as to tide over the imminent economic crisis,’ the RSS chief said while accusing government of being ‘adamant’ by not changing its course of action and sticking to the rigid policies.

Coming down heavily on FDI in retail, Bhagwat said the move will dent the future prospects of retail business and entrepreneurs.

‘Wrong policies and corruption go together. It seems that even after two massive agitations and public resentment against corruption and exposure of rampant corruption at highest echelons of power, the real culprits involved in such acts are roaming free,’ Bhagwat said.

He alleged that instead of enacting stringent laws to check corrupt practices, the government was bringing in laws that are ‘intrinsically flawed and are full of loopholes’.

Meanwhile, speaking on the relations of India with China and  Pakistan, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat alleged that ‘weak’ policies of UPA government have emboldened China and Pakistan to make repeated incursions into Indian territory across borders.

‘Dark clouds are hovering on our national security as China continues to test our mettle and patience by (carrying out) frequent incursions across our borders, besides dumping its products in our country,’ Bhagwat said addressing the annual Dussehra rally here.

He said, ‘China and Pakistan repeatedly intruded into Indian territory with the latest incident being attack on a police station and an Army camp in Jammu by Pakistan’.

‘Some Hindu businessmen in Kishtwar in Jammu and Kashmir district were attacked by a section of other communities who raised pro-Pakistani slogans,’ the RSS chief claimed.

He also criticised Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah for his statement to a European delegation recently that the state was only acceded and not formally merged with India.

Bhagwat also attacked Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde for coming out with a ‘pro-minority’ directive to state governments and his ‘inept’ handling of murders of some Hindu leaders in Tamil Nadu by fundamentalists.
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