Govt that promised to bring 'achche din' has 'punctured' economy: Priyanka Gandhi slams BJP over fall in GDP growth rate

  • The Congress on Saturday attacked the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government over the slump in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP)

  • Priyanka Gandhi Vadra demanded that the Centre clarify who is responsible for 'destroying' the economy

  • Anand Sharma asked the government not to make 'boastful claims' and instead inform the country about the roadmap for the recovery of the economy

New Delhi: The Congress on Saturday attacked the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government over the slump in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), with party leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra demanding that the Centre clarify who is responsible for "destroying" the economy.

Gandhi on Twitter said the government that trumpeted of bringing "achche din" (good days) has now "punctured" the economy.

"The GDP growth rate clearly shows that the government trumpeting about 'Achche din' (good days) has punctured the state of the economy. Neither is GDP growth nor is the Rupee strong and jobs are lost. Now clarify as to whose act is it to destroy the economy," she said in a tweet in Hindi.

Sharp deceleration in manufacturing output and subdued farm sector activity pulled down India's gross domestic product (GDP) growth to over six-year low of 5 percent in the April-June quarter of 2019-20, according to official data released on Friday.

Congress leader Jairam Ramesh accused the government of hiding the fall in GDP growth rates by "managing headlines."

Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari also hit out at the central government over the low GDP growth.

Senior spokesperson Anand Sharma asked the government not to make "boastful claims" and instead inform the country about the roadmap for the recovery of the Indian economy, which he said is under a downward spiral "under your watch".

"The 'State of Economy; in BJP rule. Is this the 'New India'?" Randeep Singh Surjewala wrote on Twitter.

Party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said India's GDP growth rate is 5 percent but even this is according to the new methodology which comes with a "Modi booster".

"No wonder we had Balakot breastbeating, questioning nationalism, disbursal of cash just before elections. 6 quarters went from 8 percent to 7 percent onwards to 5.8 percent and now to 5 percent quarterly GDP growth. With this clear trend over 18 months, despite all packages, this government has had no effect," he said on Twitter.

The Congress had on Friday said the slump in GDP is a "Modi-made disaster", and demanded that a financial emergency be declared in the country. The truth can no longer be hidden despite "headline management" by the ruling dispensation, the Opposition party had said.

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Updated Date: Aug 31, 2019 19:07:28 IST