Rahul Gandhi lists 6 ‘Modi-made disasters’, Chidambaram asks PM to focus on economy

The former Congress president targeted the Narendra Modi government over the GDP, the economy, COVID-19 and the border row with China

September 02, 2020 12:12 pm | Updated 06:12 pm IST - New Delhi:

 Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi talks to senior leader P. Chidambaram at the AICC headquarters in New Delhi. File

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi talks to senior leader P. Chidambaram at the AICC headquarters in New Delhi. File

Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday listed six “Modi-made disasters”.

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Mr. Gandhi has been relentless in his attack on the government over its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, shrinking economy and border hostilities with China that started in early May.

“India is reeling under Modi-made disasters: 1. Historic GDP reduction -23.9%. 2. Highest Unemployment in 45 yrs. 3. 12 Crs job loss. 4. Centre not paying States their GST dues. 5. Globally highest COVID-19 daily cases and deaths. 6. External aggression at our borders,” he tweeted.

On Tuesday, the Congress MP from Kerala’s Wayanad reiterated his stand that the Indian economy collapsed after the November 2016 demonetisation .

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Jairam’s tweet

Party leader Jairam Ramesh took a dig at BJP's 2019 campaign line of ‘ Modi hain to mumkin hain [Modi makes it possible]’ by tweeting, “Here’s how India became a Vishwaguru under Mr.Modi during COVID-19 pandemic. 1. Fastest contracting economy 2. Most stringent lockdown 3. Fastest rise in cases 4. Fastest rise in deaths. This double whammy was possible ONlY due to the DOUBLE MH formula. Modi Hai to Mumkin Hai!”

Former Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, in a tweet, shared the screenshot of a November 2013 tweet when Mr. Modi, then as Gujarat Chief Minister, said, “Economy is in trouble, youth want jobs. Devote more time to economics not petty politics”.

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“I have to say the same thing to the Honourable Prime Minister!” he tweeted.

In another set of tweets, he questioned the transparency of the PM CARES Fund.

“The auditors of PM CARES FUND have confirmed that the Fund received ₹3,076 crore in just 5 days between March 26 and 31, 2020. But the names of these generous donors will not be revealed. Why? Every other NGO or Trust is obliged to reveal the names of donors contributing more than a threshold amount. Why is the PM CARES FUND exempt from this obligation,” he asked.

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