Rahul Gandhi: BJP govt destroying economy, attacking India’s informal sector
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi targeted the central government as he accused the BJP government of destroying economy by attacking the informal sector in its six years of rule at the Centre.
In a 3.39-minute-long video, released on social media platforms, Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi claimed that economic measures like lockdown, GST and note ban were tools used to hurt the informal sector.
Referring to the 2008 global economic storm, Rahul Gandhi said while the crisis affected the entire world, but India was unaffected. “India had a UPA government at that time. I went to the Prime Minister and asked him the reason why the entire world suffered an economic crisis but India remained unaffected?” Rahul Gandhi said as he recounted the turn of events.
“Manmohan Singh ji told me that Rahul if you want to understand India's economy, you will have to understand that India has two economic structures. One is formal and the other is informal economy,” said the former Congress Party President.
“You know the big companies which constitute the formal sector. The informal sector comprises of farmers, laborers, and MSMEs. Till the time India’s informal sector is strong, no economic storm can touch India,” he said.
In the video, part of his fresh series on the economy, Rahul Gandhi said, “Now let's come to the present day, the BJP government has been attacking the informal sector over the past six years. I am giving you three massive examples right now- demonetization, wrong GST, and lockdown.”
“Don't think the lockdown was unplanned. Don't think it was done at the last minute, the aim of these three decisions was to destroy our informal sector,” Rahul Gandhi added.
The Congress leader also launched an attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“The PM needs media and marketing to run the government. The informal sector has a lot of money which the govt can't touch, they want to break this sector and extort this money from them,” Gandhi added.
“The effects of this attack on informal sector will be seen soon. The results will be that India won't be able to produce jobs, because the informal sector produces 90% of the jobs and once the informal sector is destroyed India won't be able to produce jobs,” Rahul Gandhi said.
Hitting out at the Centre, Rahul Gandhi alleged, “You [people of India] are the ones who run this country, you take us forward and there is a conspiracy against you, you are being cheated and there is an attempt to turn you into slaves. We have to understand this attack and the entire country has to unite to fight against this,” Rahul Gandhi added.