New Delhi, Sep 3: Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra took a sharp dig at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led NDA government on Tuesday over the economic slowdown, saying that not acknowledging the economic crisis will not make economy stronger.
Taking to Twitter, she said: “Repeating a lie hundred times doesn’t make it true. BJP government should accept that the economic crisis faced right now is historical and they should look for options out.
“The state of slowdown is for all to see. For how long the government will manage headlines?”
This is not the first time a senior Congress leader has attacked the BJP government on the economic front.
She pointed out that “Neither GDP growth nor rupee has strengthened. Employment is missing in the country. Now it is clear as to who wants to destroy the economy?”
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called the current slowdown a “man-made crisis”, blaming it on the demonetization and “hasty implementation” of the GST.
Recently, India’s GDP growth in the first quarter slowed to 5 per cent — the lowest in 25 quarters or in six years.
“India cannot afford to continue down this path. Therefore, I urge the government to put aside vendetta politics, and reach out to all sane voices and thinking minds, to steer our economy out of this man-made crisis,” Dr Manmohan Singh said in a video statement on Sunday.
“The last quarter’s GDP growth rate of 5 per cent signals that we are in the midst of a prolonged slowdown,” he said, adding that the country has the potential to grow at a much faster rate.
Growth in the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) stood at 5 per cent in the first quarter of current financial year (2019-20), compared with 5.8 per cent in the previous quarter, and 8.0 per cent in the quarter ended June 30, 2018.