As Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi grabbed headlines during his US visit by criticising the Modi Government’s economic policy, now FM Arun Jaitley is expected to visit the country and address the foreign audience. During his visit, Jaitley is expected to deliver the Mahindra Lecture at Loeb House, Harvard Yard on October 11, The Indian Express reported. It is learnt that Jaitley will respond to Rahul’s criticism. The Mahindra Lecture is given in the honour of late Harish C Mahindra, an alumnus of Harvard College.
Earlier on September 12, Rahul Gandhi criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s economic policies, accusing him of causing “tremendous damage” to India’s economy with “reckless and dangerous” decisions like demonetisation and “hastily-applied” GST. Gandhi had addressed students at the University of California, Berkeley, to reflect on contemporary India and the path forward for the world’s largest democracy.
He said the November 8 demonetisation decision was taken without asking the Chief Economic Advisor and Parliament, which caused tremendous damage to the economy. Demonetisation, he alleged, imposed a devastating cost on India. “Ignoring India’s tremendous institutional knowledge and taking such decisions is reckless and dangerous,” he charged. He said 30,000 new youngsters were joining the job market every single day and the government was only creating 500 jobs a day. “This does not include the massive pool of already employed youngsters,” the Congress vice president said.
Soon after Rahul’s speech, Union Information and Broadcasting minister Smriti Irani called a press conference and hit out at the Congress vice president. She said Rahul Gandhi chose a “platform of convenience to berate his political opponents” after failing to connect with the people of India.