It is now time to pull together all the analysis in this series of GDP, HDI, and economic inequality trends for Gujarat and India to see how BJP and Congress fare on economic development.
|Metric||BJP performance||Congress performance||Advantage|
|GDP growth||India: 6.0%, 6 years||India: 7.9%, 9 years||Congress|
|Gujarat: 10.3%, 11 years||Gujarat: 15.4%, 3 years|
|HDI improvement||Gujarat: below national average, behind most large states||India: better than all comparable countries (including China) except Bangladesh||Congress|
|Economic inequality||Gujarat: middle-of-the-road performance, behind southern states and Maharashtra||Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh: strong performance in reducing poverty levels||Neither|
|India: smaller gap between consumption CAGRs of rich and poor – better performance||India: widening gaps between consumption CAGRs of rich and poor – worse performance|
Based on these comparisons, it is clear that Congress has the stronger record on economic development going into the 2014 elections. Narendra Modi’s performance in Gujarat has been marketed quite effectively, but the perception of his exceptional economic performance is not supported by the data.
These conclusions are based on a set of detailed posts that show the data supporting them. All data has been cited so interested readers may verify and validate the numbers and the analysis performed. These posts are:
- Gujarat achieved good — not exceptional — GDP growth under Narendra Modi
- Gujarat human development improvement under Narendra Modi is below average
- Economic inequality in Gujarat worsens under Narendra Modi
- India’s GDP grew faster under UPA than NDA
- India’s growth gap with China narrowing
- India’s human development index increases faster than China’s
- Economic inequality in India worsens under UPA