Manish Tewari poses tough questions to PM Modi


New Delhi, June 18 : Senior Congress leader Manish Tewari on Monday posed tough questions to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the widening current account deficit which has compelled international financial institutions to raise questions on the state of Indian economy  and asked to clear the ambiguity around Finance Minister’s portfolio.

Addressing a press conference at AICC headquarters in Delhi, Congress spokesperson and former Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Manish Tewari  said, “Is it not a fact that the current account deficit for the current fiscal has widened to such an extent that international financial institutions are raising serious questions about it?”

Who is India’s Finance Minister, Goyal or Jaitley?

 Manish Tewari  asked PM Modi  to clarify who is Finance Minister of India as Finance Ministry website  shows  Arun Jaitley is Union Minister of Finance as per Finance Ministry website and as per the Prime Minister’s Office website -Piyush Goyal is Union Minister of Finance.

Congress leader also asked the Prime Minister to answer some fundamental questions about the economy of India under his tenure.

Why has the revised GDP series still not been put out in the public domain?Is it not a fact that the Narendra Modi government is not releasing the data based on new base year because UPA’s performance was better than NDA?

Tewari further said that in 2009 alone, after the global economic meltdown, the UPA II government had created 1 million jobs, but the Narendra Modi Government had hardly created 2.5 lakh jobs per year, despite promising to create 2 crore jobs. Tewari said that not having clarification on who exactly was the Finance Minister of India during a time of economic difficulty, reflects a sad state of governance.


In May this year, Jaitley underwent a successful kidney transplant at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).During the period of indisposition of Jaitley, the portfolios of minister of finance and minister of corporate affairs held by him, were temporarily assigned to Goyal.

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