Congress To Bring ‘Black Paper’ In Response To Modi Government’s ‘White Paper’: Sources


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Last Updated: February 08, 2024, 10:36 IST

Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge (right) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge (right) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge is likely to hold a press conference and unveil the ‘Black Paper’, sources said

The Congress party is likely to bring a ‘Black Paper’ in response to the ‘White Paper’ set to be brought by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Centre on its 10 years of work in the ongoing budget session of Parliament, news agency ANI reported citing agencies.

Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge is likely to hold a press conference and unveil the ‘Black Paper’, the sources added.

In the initial announcement during the presentation of the union budget on February 1, the central government stated its intention to release a ‘White Paper’ comparing the economic performance of the Congress-led UPA government over 10 years with that of the BJP-led NDA government over the same period.

The Centre’s proposed ‘White Paper’ will be presented by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in both Houses of Parliament, Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha.

Presenting the interim budget for 2024-25 in Parliament, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman highlighted that since assuming office in 2014, the Modi government successfully navigated the challenges of those years, placing the economy firmly on a sustainable growth trajectory.

She confirmed the government’s plan to present a White Paper in the House, aiming to assess the economic journey from the pre-2014 period to the present and derive lessons from the mismanagement of those years.

The budget session commenced on January 31 with President Droupadi Murmu addressing the joint sitting of the two Houses. This session, the final one before the anticipated Lok Sabha polls in April-May, was scheduled to conclude on February 9.

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