Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi on Friday used a cricketing analogy to take a dig at the Modi government over the state of the economy, saying to take a catch it is important to keep one's eyes on the ball and have the true spirit of the game, otherwise one keeps blaming gravity, Maths, and Ola-Uber.
Priyanka Gandhi's sharp attack on the government came a day after Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal was trolled on the internet over an apparent gaffe in explaining that achieving the target of nearly doubling the size of the economy to USD 5 trillion should not be looked through the prism of Maths.
"For taking a catch, it is important to keep your eyes on the ball and having the true spirit of the game. Otherwise, you will keep blaming gravity, maths, Ola-Uber. Issued in public interest for the Indian economy," Priyanka Gandhi tweeted. The Congress general secretary also posted a video from a cricket game in which the fielder is seen taking a very difficult catch at the boundary line.
सही कैच पकड़ने के लिए अंत तक गेंद पर नजर और खेल की सच्ची भावना होनी जरुरी है। वरना आप सारा दोष #gravity, गणित, ओला-उबर और इधर-उधर की बातों पर मढ़ते रहेंगे।— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) September 13, 2019
भारतीय अर्थव्यवस्था के लिए जनहित में जारी। pic.twitter.com/3zqBnoIZYp
He remarked that maths did not help Albert Einstein to discover gravity. The slip up was not lost on netizens who quickly took to Twitter to point out that gravity was discovered by Isaac Newton and Einstein is credited for his theory of relativity.
Piyush Goyal's apparent gaffe came within days of Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman blaming millennials' preference for ride-hailing services such as Uber and Ola over owning cars, and not high taxes, for slumping vehicle sales. The Congress had attacked Sitharaman for her remarks saying it reflected the "inefficiency, immaturity, and inexperience" of the BJP in governance.
Soon after, the Congress party took to twitter to correct the former interim Finance Minister and told Piyush Goyal that it was Sir Isaac Newton and not Albert Einstein who discovered gravity. Further, it reminded the Commerce and Industry Minister that mathematics was important to fix the economy.
Former Finance Minister @PiyushGoyal is correct, Einstein did not require maths to discover gravity, but Sir Isaac Newton did.— Congress (@INCIndia) September 12, 2019
FYI, maths is also required to #FixTheEconomy. pic.twitter.com/Nr3QyYbPpA
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said the state of the economy was "deeply worrying" and that "all-round mismanagement" by the Modi government has resulted in this slowdown. In a statement, he said the last quarter GDP growth rate of 5% signals that "we are in midst of a prolonged slowdown".The Congress leader said India has the potential to grow at a much faster rate. Singh said it is particularly the manufacturing sector's state was distressing. The sector's growth, tottering at 0.6% was worrisome, said the senior Congress leader.
"India cannot afford to continue down this path. Therefore, I urge the government to put aside vendetta politics, and reach out to all sane voices and thinking minds, to steer our economy out of this man-made crisis," he said. "This makes it very clear that our economy has not yet recovered from the man-made blunders of demonetisation and a hastily implemented GST," Manmohan Singh said adding, "Investor sentiments are in doldrums. These are not the foundations for economic recovery."
(With PTI inputs)