New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday brushed aside former Union Minister Arun Shourie's statement that Prime Minister Narendra Modi 'managed headlines instead of economy', saying that the former had made such a remark since he was in pain for not being a part of the NDA Government anymore.
"All I can say for our former colleague Mr. Arun Shourie is that somewhere, his pain of not being in the government anymore is being reflected through his career nationalism," BJP spokesperson Siddharth Nath Singh told ANI here.
Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi also slammed Shourie saying the effect of the current company he was in, was showing through his words.
Speaking at a book launch event yesterday, Shourie mocked the NDA Government saying that it was nothing but 'Congress plus cow'.
"There is a clearer belief that managing economy means managing headlines about the economy and this is not really going to work. The way to characterize the policies of the Government is Congress scaled plus a cow "Shourie said.
He also said that the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) was never as weak as it was now.
"I feel there was never a weaker a PMO as now... There has never been as great a centralisation of functions, not power, of functions in PMO as now," he said.
Shourie further said that looking at the way economy is being managed at present, people have started recalling the days of former prime minister Manmohan Singh.