Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying the government at the Centre had lost trust of the people. Speaking at the 112th annual session and PHD Annual Awards for Excellence 2017 in the national capital, the Congress vice president said, “Start Up India is welcome for the economy, but it cannot be accompanied by shut up India. I admit there were shortcomings in the UPA government towards its closing years. Trust in BJP government is dead. Government doesn’t believe in people. After 3.5 years, people too have withdrawn their trust in the government. Expectation of Indian people from PM Modi lies shattered after 3 years.”
Gandhi also criticised Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over slowing down of the Indian economy after GST and demonetisation. “Business are drowning, but Mr. Arun Jaitley has the nerve to go on TV every other day saying things are just fine.”
Criticising PM Modi’s campaign against black money and push for a less cash economy, the Congress leader sais, “All cash is not black, all black is not cash.”
Raising the issue of drop in performance of businesses and economic activity, he said, “Business runs on a psyche of trust. Trust in this government is dead. The prime minister and the government convinced every single person is a thief. One develops trust by listening to each other. Today there is no one in the government who is ready to listen to the pain of our people.”
Earlier in the day, Rahul Gandhi criticised Jaitley for the government’s demonetisation and GST decisions. In chaste Hindi, Gandhi had tweeted, “Doctor Jaitley, notebandi aur GST se arthvyavastha ICU me hai..(Doctor Jaitley, the economy is in ICU because of noteban and GST)”.