Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday lashed out at the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government for its "lack of leadership, poverty of ideas" and said its policy paralysis was taking the country towards negative growth.
"Lack of leadership, poverty of ideas and policy paralysis in the central government is taking the country towards negative growth... I have expressed concern on this," Modi told reporters after addressing the National Development Council (NDC) meet.
"The prime minister's remark reflected pessimism," he said, adding that "the central government looks at the Gujarat model of development for ideas".
Taking on the Prime Minister over his remark that achieving an average of eight per cent growth in the 12th five year plan, following less than six per cent in the first year, is still an ambitious target, Modi said: "They talked about nine percent growth when we met the last time. They are now stuck at 7.9 percent. And the country is now holding discussions on ways to move forward by 0. 3 percent. It is a matter of disappointment, because if you talk about 8.2 percent, then you are contemplating to move forward by 0. 3 percent."
He also backed Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, who walked out of the NDC meet here accusing the government of humiliating her.
Image: Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi during the 57th National Development Council (NDC) meeting in New Delhi on Thursday.