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HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times
Chandigarh, September 01, 2013
Bathinda MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Sunday urged people of Punjab to join hands and launch a nationwide stir at the national capital to protest against the "anti-nation" policies of the Congress-led UPA government.
Asserting that the economic downslide under the UPA rule seemed irreversible, she said there was no hope of an improvement under the present dispensation with neither Prime Minister Manmohan Singh nor finance minister P Chidambaram coming up with any roadmap to take the country out of the present economic crisis.

Explaining how the situation had turned bad to worse under the UPA, Harsimrat said the import of goods worth $ 587 billon, which India could have made in its own backyard, drained out a third of India's GDP under the very nose of the UPA regime. "The country's current account deficit has shot up to $ 90 billion which was $ 8 billion in 2007," she said.

"Instead of taking policy decisions to reduce the effects of the economic crisis, the government was going in for hefty increases in petrol and diesel rates. This is adding insult to injury," she said, adding that the common man, who was already reeling under the economic crisis, would now have to face further inflation.