Prime Minister Narendra Modi has killed country’s economy, unleashed tsunami, says Rahul Gandhi

Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi also hit out at Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on the economy, alleging that while businesses were "drowning", he had "the nerve to say on TV that 'things are just fine'".

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: October 26, 2017 10:08 pm
Rahul Gandhi news, pm modi news, india news, indian express news Gandhi said globally India was being asked if it still believed in its values of compassion and non-violence. (File/Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has “killed” the country’s economy by firing “double tap” shots of note ban and GST into it, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said and asserted that only someone with “a very big chest but a very small heart” could do this. The Goods and Services Tax was “flawed” and had unleashed a “tsunami of tax terrorism”, he said, promising that the Congress would strive to reform it “when it came to power”.

“Our position is that GST has to be reformed and changed,” he said.

The Congress leader described demonetisation as a decision taken without thought or consultation and accused Modi of “crippling” small businesses.

Gandhi also hit out at Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on the economy, alleging that while businesses were “drowning”, he had “the nerve to say on TV that ‘things are just fine'”.

“The way this regime is working, or not working, has led to a ‘double tap’ killing of the Indian economy. Commandos in hostage situations fire what is called a ‘double tap’ – two quick, closely placed shots fired at the chest to ensure that their terrorist target is down, is dead,” he said.

Modi and his government, Gandhi added, had fired a double tap at the heart of the economy.

“First notebandi – bang — and then GST – bang –crippled our economy,” he said, addressing the 112th annual session of the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry here.

Gandhi hit out at the government over job losses, saying it was ignoring small and medium enterprises responsible for creating jobs and not hearing out their “pain” after the note ban and GST.

“This is a pure man-made disaster. In Modiji’s terminology, an MMD – a Modi-Made Disaster,” he said.

To inflict such pain, “you surely need someone with a big chest, but a very small heart”, he said.

Gandhi said ‘Start Up’ India was welcome for the economy, but could not be accompanied by ‘Shut Up India’.

He said what gives ‘Start Up’ India its strength is the freedom of expression and dissent.

“You choke it and you choke entrepreneurship,” he said.

“The trust in this government is dead. For some reason the PM and his government are absolutely convinced that every single person in the country is a thief,” he said.

Gandhi said globally India was being asked if it still believed in its values of compassion and non-violence.

“People once looked up to us for our values and leadership. But today they laugh as we are busy debating whether one of the seven wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal, was actually built by Indians,” he said.

The prime minister, he added, had failed to grasp the basic concept of the Indian economy.

“All cash is not black and all black is not cash. Without understanding this basic concept, the prime minister used his vast power to unleash terror on Indians,” he alleged.

GST or “Gabbar Singh Tax” was “badly conceptualised and implemented”, he added.

“Their GST is wrecked with holes, moth eaten. Flawed in its structure. Punitive in its design. It is forcing businesses to incur massive transaction costs that are destroying them.

“It is creating a 21st century computerised and connected licence raj. GST as this government has formulated has already unleashed a tsunami of tax terrorism and it is only going to get worse,” he said.

Joblessness was “extremely worrying” and the government was creating an army of unemployed youth, which is “toxic and dangerous”.

“Instead of admitting they cannot and are not providing jobs they are riling communities against each other in a bloody rage,” he said. “We are starting at a disaster”.

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  1. Chandu Shah
    Oct 28, 2017 at 8:19 pm
    Pappu has no brain anywhere
    1. Hem Chandra Pant
      Oct 28, 2017 at 7:12 pm
      Pappu with brain in his knees
      1. Chandu Shah
        Oct 28, 2017 at 8:18 pm
        Pappu has no brain anywhere
      2. K
        Kamlesh Melwani
        Oct 28, 2017 at 7:33 am
        There is nothing new and nothing wrong if business community is crippled due to note ban. In fact they are giving evidence that they were running wrong parallel economy, eating away poor man's money by not paying taxes. Can Mr. Gandhi explain how note ban can bring GDP down. He can not have strength to explain this. Moment he tries to explain this, he will be exposed. That is why , all dishonest people claiming Note Ban has crippled economy, but no body explaining , How ? GST is new form of tax, it is towards simplification of various taxes. It can be moulded, modified several times to suit citizens and Government. It should have been done long time back, but due to ruckus in Parliament by The Congress for several months it got delayed, otherwise by this time people would have understood it would be eating sweet fruits by this time.
        1. V
          Oct 28, 2017 at 4:00 am
          Image of Rahul Gandhi is have been established as pappu now even when he is speaking truth people won’t give a thought on it..poor guy
          1. F
            Oct 28, 2017 at 12:19 am
            1. N
              Oct 28, 2017 at 12:53 am
              Hey stop, Rahul Gandhi ji is keeping our Indian citizens informed. If you can’t digest, eat kayam churn.
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