Chidambaram attacks Modi over growth claims during NDA’s rule

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SummaryA political slugfest broke out on Monday between the BJP and Congress after finance minister P Chidambaram hit out at Narendra Modi accusing him of “staging a fake encounter with facts”, drawing a sharp response from the opposition party

A political slugfest broke out on Monday between the BJP and Congress after finance minister P Chidambaram hit out at Narendra Modi accusing him of “staging a fake encounter with facts”, drawing a sharp response from the opposition party.

In a no-holds bar attack, Chidambaram rebuffed the BJP PM candidate's claim of pegging economic growth rate during the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government at 8.4%.

“Nothing can be further from the truth... I wonder why Shri Narendra Modi should stage a fake encounter with facts. Ultimately, facts will prevail," the finance minister said.

BJP quickly came out all guns blazing against Chidambaram with senior leader Yashwant Sinha accusing the minister of indulging in “statistical jugglery” about growth figures and “terrorism with facts” by making unfair comparisons of UPA's nine years of rule with the NDA government's achievements in five years.

Jumping to the defence of the finance minister, Congress spokesperson PC Chacko said BJP was up to its “favourite pastime of mixing facts with fiction” and wondered why Sinha, a former finance minister, instead of admonishing Modi for “parading half truths and untruths” was authenticating them.

The war of words between the parties erupted a day after Modi in a televised addresss to the Indian diaspora in the US asked Indian voters to hold UPA accountable for nine years of “mis-governance”.

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