Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar has countered former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha’s attack on Arun Jaitley and the Narendra Modi government, saying that after three years of repair, Indian economy is in a better place, according to Indian Express report. Taking a dig at Sinha, Chandrasekhar said that the veteran BJP leader has joined “some others in a desperate attempt to build a narrative of a failing economy.” Terming Sinha’s opinion as ‘wishful thinking’, Chandrasekhar said nothing was further from the truth.
Chandrasekhar has also attacked P. Chidambaram for ‘ rushing to embrace Sinha’s article’. “Sinha himself has described Chidambaram as the FM who caused the GDP to decline. Perhaps Chidambaram too hopes, as Sushil Kumar Shinde had after the UPA’s scams: The memory of the Indian public is short,” Chandrasekhar was quoted as saying by IE. Lashing out at Congress over the reported scams, He said, “…those dark days of the UPA aren’t easily forgotten.”
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Talking about the government’s measures like demonetisation and GST, Chandrasekhar said these have expectedly, caused short-term disruptions. “Introducing GST so soon after demonetisation has, perhaps, compounded the tax regime’s short-term impact. But the timing of GST was determined more by successive parliamentary sessions, where it was blocked,” he said.
Rejecting the criticism, Chandrasekhar said, “There is space for honest discussion on the economy, about further reforms and transformation to make sure every citizen benefits but not political fake-point scoring.” “After three years of repair and rebuilding, the Indian economy is in a better place and is better prepared to deliver longer periods of higher rates of growth,” the Rajya Sabha MP asserted.