‘The central and state governments stood together in the face of the crisis’: Congress leader Anand Sharma
Congressional leader and former Union Trade Minister Anand Sharma said on Monday that India had increased its infrastructure in recent years and congratulated the Center and state governments for working together to achieve this. “India has increased its infrastructure and I commend the central and state governments for this as they worked together to achieve it. The country faced this crisis, ”he said.
India came back in the second quarter after the first quarter was the worst for the economy, as GDP was negatively affected, he said. “We hope that the recovery balance will also be maintained in the remaining two quarters,” he added.
The Indian economy had contracted 23.9% in the April-June quarter (Q1 FY21), while it only contracted 7.5% in the quarter that ended in September. Congressional leaders, including Rahul Gandhi, have frequently mocked Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the state of the economy.
“Under Prime Minister Modi, India’s economy is officially in recession for the first time,” Gandhi had said on Twitter. “More importantly, 3 million people are still looking for work under MNREGA. The economy cannot be ordered to grow by dictates. PM needs to understand this basic idea first, ”he added.
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Sharma was part of the group of 23 dissidents who wrote to the party’s president, Sonia Gandhi, earlier this year, seeking a complete reform of the organization within Congress. On Saturday, Gandhi held a meeting of all dissidents, including Sharma, with the aim of ending the ongoing crisis.
“He wants to unite all the leaders at war and end the current stalemate in the party. He wants all leaders to work closely with Rahul Gandhi to strengthen the party, “a congressional official told the Hindustan Times, requesting anonymity.
Last month, Sharma had to issue clarification and amend his tweet when it was interpreted as praise for Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s visit to the Serum Institute, Bharat Biotech and Zydus Cadilla was an acknowledgment of Indian scientists and their work to produce the vaccine for COVID-19. That alone will boost the morale of frontline warriors and it will reassure the nation, “Sharma tweeted. after the PM’s visit to the vaccination centers.
Later he ‘regretted’ the mistake. “Regretting the error in our previous tweet where the lines got misplaced, resulting in avoidable confusion,” he tweeted.