Congress MP Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the poor handling of the Indian economy, the rising number of coronavirus cases and the Chinese transgressions at the border. Rahul Gandhi said that India is reeling under “Modi-made disasters”.
GDP dips 23.9 per cent in Q1, 2020-21
Rahul Gandhi’s attack comes a day after government data showed that the Indian economy suffered its worst slump in April-June quarter. Notably, the gross domestic product (GDP) contracted by 23.9 per cent. The slump was because of the coronavirus-related lockdown that weighed on the already declining consumer demand and investment.
“India is reeling under Modi-made disasters: 1. Historic GDP reduction -23.9% 2. Highest Unemployment in 45 yrs 3. 12 Crs job loss 4. Centre not paying states their GST dues 5. Globally highest COVID-19 daily cases and deaths 6. External aggression at our borders,” Gandhi tweeted.
India is reeling under Modi-made disasters:
1. Historic GDP reduction -23.9%
2. Highest Unemployment in 45 yrs
3. 12 Crs job loss
4. Centre not paying States their GST dues
5. Globally highest COVID-19 daily cases and deaths
6. External aggression at our borders
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) September 2, 2020
BJP mocks Congress over infighting
The BJP rather than answering the tough questions being raised by the Opposition mocked the Congress for ‘‘G-23’’. Notably, “G-23”is a reference to the 23 leaders who wrote to the Congress chief seeking the party’s overhaul.
Chief Economic Adviser KV Subramanian has said the economy was “experiencing a V-shaped recovery” after the lockdown was eased.
Coronavirus pandemic aggravating in India
Meanwhile, the coronavirus pandemic is aggravating in the country with a vaccine being touted as the only way to counter it.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Wednesday informed that 78,357 fresh cases of COVID-19 have been reported in India in the past 24 hours. The addition of the fresh cases has taken the COVID-19 case tally to 37.69 lakh.
The highest surge of over 78,761 cases was reported on August 30 followed by over 78,357 cases reported on September 2.
66,333 deaths due to coronavirus
Also, 1,045 COVID-19 related deaths were reported by the ministry during this period. The addition of the fresh fatalities has taken India’s death toll due to the deadly virus to 66,333. Notably, the daily death count due to COVID-19 has remained above 900 for the past many days. However, it dipped below the 900-mark on September 1. Previously, it had crossed the 1,000-mark on August 28.
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