While Rahul Gandhi unsuccessfully tries deflecting the infighting within the Congress by blaming Modi for the state of economy, among others, BJP has asked him to explain the ‘G-23’ conflict
Bengaluru: While the Congress is in a state of disarray as the party struggles to quell dissent and punish dissenters, Rahul Gandhi has unsuccessfully deflected the issue by targeting PM Modi, his reference being to economy, rise in COVID-19 cases and "external aggression" at borders, alleging that India is reeling under "Modi-made disasters".
His attack comes after official data showed on Monday that the country's economy suffered its worst slump on record in April-June, with the gross domestic product (GDP) contracting by 23.9 per cent as the coronavirus-related lockdown 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 (sic)," Gandhi tweeted.
Rebutting Gandhi's attack in a video earlier this week on the state of the economy, the BJP had mocked him saying he should release a video about the "G-23", a reference to the 23 leaders who wrote to the Congress chief seeking the party's overhaul.
Chief Economic Adviser K V Subramanian has said the economy was "experiencing a V-shaped recovery" after the lockdown was eased.
The dissent in Congress:
As many as 23 leaders wrote to party chief Sonia Gandhi, apprising her of the need to have a change in the party leadership and have elections for the same.
But instead of taking it in the right spirit, there are reports that the Congress party punished them as they challenged the Gandhi family.
The war is all out in the open as senior leaders like Kapil Sibal and Ghulam Nabi Azad have publicly expressed their ire.
Nabi even alleged that the party would continue to sit in the opposition for 50 years if its internal hiccups are not sorted out.
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Last Updated 2, Sep 2020, 3:44 PM