BJP's 'majoritarian' push has ruined economy: Congress

Manish Tewari. File

Manish Tewari. File   | Photo Credit: Rajeev Bhatt

The opposition party’s response came after the election manifesto of Maharashtra BJP said the party will ask the NDA government at the Centre to confer India’s highest civilian award on Hindutva idealogue Savarkar

The Congress on Tuesday alleged that the “project to make India a majoritarian nation has totally crippled the economy” and reminded how Nobel prize winning economist Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee had earlier questioned India’s data about economic growth.

Addressing a press conference, former Union Minister Manish Tewari also cited economist and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s husband, Parakala Prabhakar’s opinion piece in The Hindu to argue that India’s economy is in “grave danger.”

“Social discord and economic development cannot go hand in hand,” he said.

“The NDA-BJP manufactured the current economic crisis through its inaction and the policies it pursued in the past five years.”

Mr. Tewari said several economists, including Dr. Banerjee had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi questioning India’s economic growth data.

“Dr. Banerjee, along with 108 economists, had written to the Prime Minister alleging that the government was fudging economic figures. The former Finance Minister [late Arun Jaitley] had called him a compulsive contrarian but the world has given him the Nobel prize,” he said.

The former Union Minister also criticised the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for the lapses in oversight of the Punjab Maharashtra Cooperative (PMC) Bank and said people had lost their confidence in the banking system of the country.

The economic slowdown has had a ‘human cost’ and was being reflected in incidents like “the death of Sanjay Gulati, a depositor of the PMC Bank with ₹90 lakh in his account and who died of a heart attack and the earlier tragic suicide of Cafe Coffee Day founder V G Sidhartha”, alleged Mr. Tewari.

He also attacked the BJP for its Maharashtra election manifesto proposing conferring the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award, on Vinayak Damodar Savarkar.

“In a country where Mahatma Gandhi is being made to commit suicide in examinations, anything is possible,” said Mr. Tewari in a reference to a row over a question in an internal examination conducted by a chain of schools in Gujarat.

The Congress leader said even though Veer Savarkar was acquitted of the charge of conspiring to kill Mahatma Gandhi, he did face a criminal trial.

“If on the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, this government considers any such thing [conferring Bharat Ratna on Savarkar], than all I want to say is that God save this country,” he added.

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