NEW DELHI: Setting the stage for another major showdown, the Centre is getting ready to table in Parliament a White Paper on how the economy fared under 10 years of Congress-led UPA-II rule.
The budget session of Parliament has been extended by one day till February 10 so that the Centre can bring out a ‘White Paper’ on the economic mismanagement of the UPA government, several media reports said on Tuesday.
Parliamentary affairs minister Pralhad Joshi later confirmed that the budget session had been extended till February 10.”The White Paper on economic mismanagement during the UPA government will elaborate on India’s economic misery. It will also talk about the impact of positive steps that could have been taken at that time,” said ANI citing sources.
PM Modi launched attack
During his motion of thanks for President’s address, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday ripped into the Congress, declaring the party “would have taken 100 more years” to achieve what his BJP had done in the past 10 years.

“Our goals are big and the world is seeing that. The pace at which work is progressing in India… Congress can’t even imagine it. We built four crore houses for poor people… 80 lakh pukka houses. It would’ve taken 100 years for Congress to get this work done…” the Prime Minister said.

Asserting that India will become the third-largest economy during the third term of the BJP-led NDA government, PM Modi took a swipe at Congress’s past claims. He quoted the then finance minister P. Chidambaram, who presented the Interim Budget for 2014-15, saying that the grand old party was proud of being the 11th largest economy in 2014.
“On the basis of the experience of 10 years of governance, looking at today’s strong economy and the rapid speed with which India is progressing today, I can confidently say that in our third term, India will be the third-largest economic power. This is Modi’s guarantee,” the PM said.
PM scared of Congress: Shrinate
The Congress has slammed the PM’s speech in Parliament as nothing but a poll speech.
Congress leader Supriya Shrinate said, “The fact is that after a 10-year tenure, PM Modi doesn’t have a report card based on which he can ask for votes. By naming Congress in his 110-minute speech, he has proved how scared he is of Congress.”
(With inputs from agencies)

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