The party and its leaders said the former Union Minister was well off-the-mark in his criticism of the government on economic policies, social tensions and relations with opposition parties in a television interview, calling it a "bit unkind" to Modi.

Power Minister Piyush Goyal was strong in his criticism of Shourie saying "If some individuals probably have some grouse, they don't get some positions, and want to make issues out of non issues, I think they are best to left to judge whether they are saying the right thing.

"This government has shown that with sincerity of purpose and visionary leadership of Prime Minister Modi, India is on the right path to growth."

Goyal said it was very surprising that Shourie was making statements without any basis on the coal auctions that the total auction money of Rs.1.90 lakh crore would be realised from 29 mines through their life.

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