New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party on Thursday questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi's assertion that the economy was on a firm footing and likened him to a surgeon who claims that the operation has been successful even when the patient is on the verge of death.
AAP leader Manish Sisodia claimed the PM presented the "facts wrongly" when he spoke on the GDP slowdown. He was referring to the PM's address to a gathering of company secretaries where he had said that his government will continue reforms and not hesitate to take decisions to reverse the GDP slowdown witnessed in the last two quarters.
Taking a jibe at Modi, Sisodia said, "If I summarise the PM's speech, you are patting yourself on the back like a doctor who says the operation has been successful but the patient is dying." The PM tried to present a picture of the economy before the nation which was more imaginary than factual, he told reporters in New Delhi. Sisodia, who is also the finance minister of Delhi, said contrary to the prime minister's claim, the GDP fell from 9.1 percent to 5.7 percent in the last six quarters.
"He has either lied about the economic crisis or has presented facts wrongly," he told reporters. Modi On Wednesday slammed his critics, saying they were seeing slowdown in the last two quarters but ignoring the fact that the BJP government had brought down inflation from 10 percent under the UPA dispensation to 2.5 percent, shrunk. Current Account Deficit to near 1 percent from 4 percent and brought down fiscal deficit to 3.5 percent from 4.5 percent.
The deputy chief minister said a decline of even one percent in the GDP renders 10 lakh people jobless.
Sisodia said Modi did not speak about job creation. The job market is down and there are no fresh investments coming in, he claimed
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Updated Date: Oct 05, 2017 18:38:20 IST