A day after a meet of its chief ministers in the Capital, the BJP on Sunday attacked the Centre over "step-motherly" treatment of non-Congress states. However, the party said its state governments had done "better" than Congress-ruled states despite this, and had become the pivot of whatever economic growth there was in India at a time when the economy was undergoing a downturn.
"The feeling that I got from the CMs was one of complete despair about the manner of functioning of the UPA government," senior leader Yashwant Sinha said.
At the conclave, the BJP CMs had alleged discrimination by the Centre in the implementation of various central schemes.
Sinha said that the states complained of inadequate disbursal of funds under schemes.
The idea was clearly to hardsell the BJP as a better alternative to a "corrupt" Centre hit by "policy paralysis" and "leadership crisis".
Sinha said BJP-ruled states had posted above 10% economic growth and had at the same time kept fiscal deficit low in otherwise difficult times.
The mantra of "inclusive growth" too marked the conclave: it was emphasised that BJP state governments were working for the weaker sections, including Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and women.