Amit Shah on three-day visit to Kolkata from September 11

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Amit Shah on three-day visit to Kolkata from September 11

Summary: BHUBANESWAR: Breaking silence over the number game predicted by various parties ahead of the forthcoming assembly election, BJD president and chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday expresses doubt over BJP's claim of bagging 120 seats.

The Narendra Modi government does not believe in taking such decisions which "look good to people", but believes in taking decisions which are "good for people".

Modi government has created "Brand India" that being recognized across the globe, Shah said.

A special trial court in Gujarat that is hearing the 2002 Naroda Gaam riots case has asked former state minister Maya Kodnani to get Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah to testify in her favour by September 12, NDTV reported.

Playing down the fall in GDP growth rate in the last quarter to 5.7 per cent, BJP chief Amit Shah today said it was due to "technical reasons", news agency PTI reported.

He further emphasized that GDP is not only limited to production, services and infrastructure but also it includes improving overall quality of life and social capital.

"If every house has a toilet, electricity and LPG cylinder will GDP increase or not?"

Asserting that declaring Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes as no longer legal tender was a "hard decision" taken to boost the Indian economy and that the BJP doesn't link policy decisions with vote bank, Shah said: "We have taken some decisions for which we have faced severe criticism".

Shah lambasted the UPA government for its 10-year rule riddled with scams and blamed it on the accumulated NPAs (non-performing assets). "This will strengthen the party", said the BJD president in his reaction. "But, the Prime Minister needs to come for debate, if head of the State participates", BJD spokesman Pratap Deb said. "Earlier, there were 17 different taxes, but now under the GST, there is "one country, one tax" and one can avail full input tax credit", Shah told the gathering.

"We have also stopped flow of black money into the system through Mauritius, Cyprus and Singapore", he said.

Charting out the future plan for the growth of industry and economy, Shah made some significant points.

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