Mumbai: Targeting BJP’s manifesto, home minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday said the opposition party’s election promises are silent on the growth of the public, private and financial sectors, whose development is essential for the country.
“Not a word (has been said) about public sector...private sector...about industry, not a word about the growth of the financial sector...yet they (BJP) devote some four pages for Murli Manohar Joshi’s outdated atavistic views about India’s glorious past...
“Nobody denies India’s glorious past, what we are asking is what is the glorious future of India without the public sector, without the private sector, without the financial sector,” former finance minister Chidambaram said here.
He added that on contrast, the Congress’s manifesto focused on the growth of the public, private and financial sectors as their development is necessary for “India’s continued high growth success story.”
He further said that the Congress rejected the policy of blind privatisation, which was followed by the BJP-led NDA government.
Public sector enterprises, manufacturing sectors like energy, transport and telecom along with the financial sector like banks will remain in the public sector and will be given all support to grow and become competitive, he added.