Rahul Gandhi slammed Narendra Modi for not having delivered on his promises and asked him to take responsibility for it while addressing the media in Uttar Pradesh's Amethi on Thursday.
After discussing the work done under the Rajiv Gandhi Mahila Vikas Pariyojna, he said, "Prime Minister Modi should say we have one more year, we will deliver now. That is what a true leader would do," ANI reported.
Instead of excuses & saying pessimists are creating an atmosphere, PM Modi should stand up & say we have not managed to deliver:Rahul Gandhi pic.twitter.com/CpngLENvwp
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Further, he said that the country was facing two main problems — agricultural crisis and youth employment — which the prime minister should focus on.
Gandhi's remarks come a day after Narendra Modi hit back at critics and called them (both within the BJP camp and outside) ‘pessimists who spread despair.’
"In the past three years, after registering a growth of over seven percent, we suffered economic slowdown and we are not denying that. But we also want to tell you that we are equipped to deal with the issue," he said.
"The result of our relentless labour is that the country's economy is running with fewer cash transactions. The cash to GDP ratio has come down from 12 percent to nine percent after demonetisation," he added.
His response to critics came shortly after senior BJP leaders and former Union ministers, Yashwant Sinha, Arun Shourie and Subramanian Swamy flayed the government’s mismanagement of the economy, particularly policies such as demonetisation and the flawed rollout of goods and services tax (GST) as contributing factors to the current economic mess.
"Today, financing is not limited to banks so you can clearly see the difference our government has made in three years," Modi said on Wednesday.
Updated Date: Oct 05, 2017 16:54 PM