Panaji: Launching a scathing attack on the UPA government, BJP President Nitin Gadkari on Monday said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh "does not deserve even 25 marks out of 100" for his performance on the economic front.
The economist-Prime Minister has "miserably failed" to control inflation, Gadkari said addressing a public meeting here ahead of the March 3 Assembly polls in Goa.
"Our economist-Prime Minister does not deserve even 25 marks out of 100 for managing the country`s economy," he said.
The BJP chief alleged that Congress, heading the ruling coalition at the Centre, was misleading people on the issue of inflation.
Gadkari said the UPA government claims that inflation is everywhere. "But I have checked. Japan has zero per cent inflation. Countries like USA and China have only 3 per cent inflation. But in India the rate of inflation is 18 per cent."
Drawing a parallel between UPA and BJP-led NDA rule, he said the Atal Behari Vajpayee-led government gave a "corruption-free" administration.
He said UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi has no right to point fingers at NDA government, "which had not a single case of corruption during its tenure."
"In comparison, look at the 2G spectrum case. A scam of Rs 1.76-lakh crore. This is CAG`s figure not that of BJP. A Raja (former Telecom Minister and a 2G case accused) says (then Finance Minister) P Chidambaram was also involved. We want to know why is he (Chidambaram) outside when Raja is in prison?" Gadkari asked. On February 25, Gandhi had targeted BJP on the issue of black money.