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Just Sibling Rivalry

On the economy, the Congress and the NDA echo each other

Just Sibling Rivalry
Just Sibling Rivalry
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They may claim to be as different as chalk and cheese, but on the economic front the Congress and the National Democratic Alliance couldn't agree more. The Congress may have taken pains to draft an 80-page manifesto, while the nda settled on just 10 pages, but both promise the same reformist path to economic salvation. Says Dr Kirit Parikh, director, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (igidr): 'Both manifestos seem remarkably similar. And that is a positive sign.' Be it gdp growth targets, reduction in the fiscal deficit, eradicating unemployment, fdi inflows, or public sector reform, both the nda and the Congress parrot the same lines.

The consensus appears to have evolved gradually, with the Congress talking of 'self-reliance', which in a way is a tacit acceptance of the fact that bjp's 'swadeshi' agenda does have its appeal. At the same time, since bjp is only a part of the nda, it has been forced to tone down its swadeshi rhetoric. Hence, both manifestos seem to have found a common meeting ground.

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