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President claim on economy not in sync with reality says Congress

Congress leader Anand Sharma said the President Kovind’s address was meant to give an impression that under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, all of the BJP’s promises made to the people were being fulfilled

india Updated: Jan 29, 2018 23:11 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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President Ram Nath Kovind greets former Congress president Sonia Gandhi, on the first day of Budget Session, in New Delhi on Monday.B)(PTI Photo)

Terming as “disappointing” President Ram Nath Kovind’s address to the joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament, the Congress on Monday said the claims made were contrary to the ground realities.

The opposition party also slammed the BJP-led NDA government over its poll promise of giving jobs to two crore youth.

“The President’s address was deeply disappointing and insipid. The claims made are contrary to the ground realities and known facts,” Congress leader Anand Sharma said.

“It is a joke for the government to claim that everything is fine, everybody is happy, and there is complete welfare and prosperity in the country.”

He said the address was meant to give an impression that under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, all of the BJP’s promises made to the people were being fulfilled.

“The President said the economy is booming, which it is not - because of the two reckless decisions of the PM — demonetisation and hasty imposition of a flawed GST,” Sharma said, claiming that the government’s model of the new tax reform has led to a sharp decline in GDP.

“It is time for the government to give an account. But surely the President could not have given the account of non-performance and betrayal of promises.”

The Congress leader said that the employment, as promised, has not been created. “Jobs have been destroyed because of wrong decisions such as demonetisation. More than 3.7 crore of 13 crore jobs in the informal sector have been lost due to note ban.”

Sharma said the government is in a “denial mode” and is not in a position to address agrarian distress or improve rural wages that have “fallen sharply”.

The Samajwadi Party said the President’s address did not highlight the country’s foreign policy or specified how to address Kashmir where soldiers are getting killed every day, or the issue of unemployment, or the government’s approach towards Pakistan and China. “How will the government stop communal riots? The address did not touch upon crisis in judiciary or women safety,” said Naresh Agrawal.

First Published: Jan 29, 2018 23:11 IST