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Sep 23, 2013 at 02:13pm IST

BJP slams Chidambaram for calling Modi growth claims 'fake encounter'

New Delhi: It is an all out war of words between the Congress and BJP over the country's growth rate from a 'fake encounter with facts' to 'terrorism with facts' being just some of statements that have been made. While Finance Minister P Chidambaram accused Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi of staging a fake encounter with facts, BJP leader Yashwant Sinha has hit back at the Centre.

Chidambaram on Monday in a statement said, "Modi's claim that India grew at 8.4 per cent during the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government is false." "The average growth during NDA rule was 6 per cent and not 8.4 per cent," Chidambaram added. "I wonder why Narendra Modi should stage a fake encounter with facts."

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Yashwant Sinha came to his party's prime ministerial candidate's aid and hit back accusing Chidambaram of playing 'terrorism with facts'. "Chidambaram is playing terrorism with facts. He has to answer why the growth rate has reduced. During his earlier tenure too the growth rate reduced," he said.

Chidambaram in turn again hit out at Sinha saying, "Facts are indisputable. Does Mr Sinha dispute the numbers? Why should facts terrorise anyone? Why did he not correct Mr Modi's statement?"

Congress leader Ajay Maken too tweeted, "Avg. growth during NDA 1999-04 was 5.9 per cent; UPA-I 2004-09 was 8.4 per cent;Avg. so far is 8 per cent.These are best continuous 9 yrs growth in Indian History (sic)."

Earlier on Sunday, taking a dig at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Modi had said learned scholars are good only for winning debates. "Growth has come down from 8.4 per cent during NDA rule to 4.8 per cent now," Modi said.