Mon, 09 Jul 2012 19:17:19 GMT | By IANS

Government counters BJP's Time magazine attack on PM

New Delhi, July 9 (IANS) Reeling under an image crisis, the government Monday stepped up its offensive to counter Time magazine's description of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as an "underachiever", and attacked the BJP for making too much out of it.

Government counters BJP's Time magazine attack on PM

Home Minister P. Chidambaram described the Bharatiya Janata Party's criticism of Manmohan Singh's performance as "distasteful" and voiced confidence that the government was confident of taking the economy out of the present trough and back to the trajectory of high growth.

"I think the most charitable way to describe that comment is extremely distasteful. I wonder what he (BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad) said when he read the article on (then prime minister Atal Bihari) Vajpayeeji in June 2002," said Chidambaram.

He was reacting to the BJP's demand for the resignation of the prime minister in the wake of Time magazine's article

Chidambaram stressed that the United Progressive Alliance-II was confident that it would overcome the present economic situation.

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