UPA's dual power centre affected growth: BJP

Last Updated: Wed, Mar 06, 2013 11:50 hrs

New Delhi, March 6 (IANS) Accusing the Congress-led UPA government of mismanaging the economy, Rajya Sabha leader of opposition Arun Jaitley Wednesday said the "dual power centre" had affected the government's decision-making.

"When the UPA (United Progressive Alliance) government came, there was an atmosphere of hope. The growth rate was above eight percent. Today there is an atmosphere of cynicism," Jaitley said during a debate on the motion of thanks to President Pranab Mukherjee for his address to the joint session of parliament on the opening day of the budget session.

"It is time for the government to reflect. Was the UPA government's model right for the world's largest democracy? There was a leadership crisis and there was a crisis on how to formulate policies. Dual power centres cannot work for policy decisions," Jaitley said in the Rajya Sabha.

The BJP leader said it was time for the government to decide how it wanted to go down in history.

"The UPA government has completed nine years. So much time is enough to change the course of a country. When the government enters its final year, it will have to decide how it wants history to write it," he said.

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