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Union I& B min­is­ter Prakash Javadekar on Mon­day re­jected for­mer fi­nance min­is­ter P. Chi­dambaram’s claim that the 5.7 per cent growth rate which the In­dian econ­omy has clocked in the first quar­ter of the cur­rent fis­cal was on ac­count of the poli­cies of the pre­vi­ous UPA regime. Mr Javadekar said that the Modi gov­ern­ment has put an end to the phe­nom­e­non of “pol­icy paral­y­sis” wit­nessed un­der the UPA rule. He said that while Mr Chi­dambaram was “free” to make such claims, the eco­nomic buoy­ancy wit­nessed in the coun­try is the “re­flec­tion” of the ac­tion taken by the Naren­dra Modi gov­ern­ment. “It doesn’t mat­ter what Chi­dambaram says be­cause peo­ple have seen in this coun­try how the econ­omy got de­cayed, how it was de­stroyed dur­ing their UPA’s 10- year gov­ern­ment. To­day they are see­ing the dif­fer­ence,” Mr Javadekar said. At least three per­sons, in­clud­ing two women, were killed and eight oth­ers crit­i­cally wounded on Mon­day when a gas pipe­line of Assam Gas Company ex­ploded in Up­per Assam’s Sib­sagar dis­trict.

The fire, which broke out after ex­plo­sion in the high- pres­sure LPG sup­ply­line en­gulfed the area and six houses were gut­ted, and sev­eral live­stock were also burnt.

Sib­sagar su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice De­ba­jit Sarma told re­porters that an un­der­ground pipe­line of the Assam Gas Company ex­ploded near Singli­jan tea es­tate un­der the Mo­ran­hat po­lice sta­tion of the dis­trict.

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