UPA has failed in managing Indian economy, alleges BJP

New Delhi, July 13 (ANI): Launching a frontal attack on the ruling Congress Party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday alleged that the UPA Government at the Centre has failed in managing the economy because of various scams.

"The Congress government has failed on the governance account, on the account of managing economy, on account of various scams and because they have indulged in these many scams; that everyday you pick up a brick and under this you'll find a new scam," said BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi.

Lekhi further defended Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's 'puppy' analogy, saying the latter is being misinterpreted.

"A person feels sad even on death of an animal, so just imagine how worse he will feel on death of a person when there are feelings attached to it. People have distorted this statement and started to misinterpret that it was about this community or something like that. It simply shows the mentality and framework of those people (opponents of BJP), not the person who has said it," she said.

Modi has come under sharp criticism from the ruling Congress Party at the Centre over his latest interview to Reuters news agency in which he said that he had done 'absolutely right thing' in 2002 when the state was hit by riots and that an SIT set up by the Supreme Court had given him a 'thoroughly clean chit'.

The Gujarat Chief Minister, who was very recently appointed the BJP's campaign committee chief for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, in an exclusive interview to Reuters news agency at his official residence in Gandhinagar, said that he had been given a clean chit by the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team.

"Another thing... someone else is driving a car and we're sitting behind, even then if a puppy comes under the wheel, will be painful or not? Of course, it is. If I'm a chief minister or not, I'm a human being. If something bad happens anywhere, it is natural to be sad," he said, while defending himself.

Modi described himself as a Hindu nationalist because he was a born Hindu.

"I am nationalist. I am patriotic. Nothing is wrong. I'm a born Hindu. Nothing is wrong. So, I am a Hindu nationalist so yes, you can say I am a Hindu nationalist because I am a born Hindu. I am patriotic, so nothing is wrong in it. As far as progressive, development oriented, workaholic, whatever they say, this is what they see. So there's no contradiction between the two," he said. (ANI)

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