New Delhi: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday took a jibe at the Centre after senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Yashwant Sinha attacked his own party over poor economic record.
Rahul’s tweet, laced with humour and wit, cornered the ruling dispensation over Sinha’s article.
Taking to twitter, the Congress vice-president said, “Ladies & Gentlemen, this is your co-pilot & FM speaking. Plz fasten your seat belts & take brace position. The wings have fallen off our plane (sic).”
Ladies & Gentlemen, this is your copilot & FM speaking. Plz fasten your seat belts & take brace position.The wings have fallen off our plane https://t.co/IsOA8FQa6u
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) September 27, 2017
Meanwhile, the Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said that Sinha, in his article, has spoken about the surgical strike on economy by the BJP and asked the people of the country to seek Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reply on it.
“Be it the demonetisation, be it the growth in GDP or be it the disaster and the fashion, in which they are implementing GST, the truth is, Yashwant Sinha has rightly spoken as to how an experimental Finance Minister and an autocrat Prime Minister can rack India’s economy,” Surjewala told media in Chandigarh.
Asserting that the economy is in a state of flux, Congress Spokerperson said that the Prime Minister only speaks and finance minister only mismanages the economy.
He further said that the ruling dispensation is using probe agencies including Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) like puppets.
Earlier in the day, senior Congress leader and former finance minister P.Chidambaram also questioned the Centre as to whether it would now admit the truth that economy is sinking.
Sinha, a former finance minister, hogged the limelight and started trending high on social media this morning, after he criticised his own government for sinking economy, in an article he penned for The Indian Express.
In the article, titled ‘I need to speak up now’, Sinha said that demonetisation proved to be an “unmitigated economic disaster” and that the Goods and Services Tax (GST) was a “badly conceived and poorly implemented” havoc.
He introduced the strongly-worded article, saying, “I shall be failing in my national duty if I did not speak up even now against the mess the finance minister has made of the economy.”
Sinha further said that the economy is on a downward spiral and many in the BJP do not dare to speak up against it out of fear, adding, “Arun Jaitley is considered to be the best and the brightest in this government. It was a foregone conclusion before the 2014 elections that he would be the finance minister in the new government.”
Sinha further took on BJP president Amit Shah for citing ‘technical’ reasons for slowdown in the GDP rate and wrote, “Even the SBI, the largest public sector bank of the country, has stated with unusual frankness that the slowdown is not transient or “technical”, it is here to stay and the slowdown in demand has only aggravated the situation. It has openly contradicted what the BJP president said just a few days ago that the slowdown in the last quarter was on account of “technical” reasons and will be corrected soon.”
In his article, Sinha also took a jibe at raids conducted by Income Tax department, Enforcement Directorate and Central Bureau of Investigation and said that it has become “a new game to instill fear in the minds of people,” adding, “We protested against raid raj when we were in opposition. Today it has become the order of the day.”
He also ridiculed the “massive” loan waivers given to the farmers “varying from one paise to a few rupees.”
Sinha concluded his article by saying, “The prime minister claims that he has seen poverty from close quarters. His finance minister is working over-time to make sure that all Indians also see it from equally close quarters.” (ANI)