Congress hits out at Narendra Modi over economic slowdown, says sugar coated dramatics won't help

New Delhi: The Congress on Wednesday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his speech that praised his government's performance, saying "melodramatic theatrics" can never substitute solid facts and all economy drivers were "sputtering and stumbling."

Following Modi's speech at a function of Institute of Company Secretaries of India at the Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said the government had not been able to fulfill its promise of generating jobs.

He accused Modi of indulging in "sugar-coated theatrics".

In a series of tweets, Surjewala said:

Modi in his speech admitted for the first time that there was an economic slowdown but advised his critics not to spread negativity and promised steps to put the economy on the path of recovery.

Modi compared his government's performance with that of earier Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government, saying inflation had fallen from 10 percent to 2.5 per cent, current account deficit had slid from 4 percent to around 1 per cent, fiscal deficit had come down from 4.5 per cent to 3.5 per cent and foreign exchange reserves had increased from 30,000 crore dollars to 40,000 crore dollars.

Updated Date: Oct 05, 2017 08:11 AM

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