Minutes after former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh targeted the BJP government over the economy, Union Minister Piyush Goyal said that he should reflect on his own failures. Speaking to news agency ANI, he said that during his tenure he used to obey orders from ''10 Janpath''. Hinting at UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi's intervention in the UPA government led by Manmohan Singh, Goyal said that they were unable to give an honest government. He said that Dr. Manmohan Singh had no capacity to take his own decisions. 10 Janpath is the official residence of interim Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.
Union Minister Piyush Goyal: Dr Manmohan Singh should reflect on his own failures,where he went wrong, why he couldn't maintain a strong economy&give an honest government,why he was so helpless that he had to obey orders from 10 Janpath &had no capacity to take his own decisions. https://t.co/3wetzzkybU pic.twitter.com/Mdb7h8lQeq— ANI (@ANI) October 17, 2019
Former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Thursday, in a press briefing targeted the BJP government over reports of the economic slowdown. He claimed that BJP's double engine government has failed. He also said that poll-bound Maharashtra is the worst hit by effects of slowdown. He went on to defend ally NCP's Praful Patel over his alleged links with terrorist Dawood's aide Iqbal Mirchi emerged. The former Prime Minister said that as per the law of the country, an accused is "innocent until proven guilty."
Ex-PM Manmohan Singh: Much advertised double engine model of governance on which BJP seeks votes has utterly failed. Maharashtra has faced some of the worst effects of economic slowdown. Manufacturing growth rate of Maharashtra has been declining for 4th consecutive yrs. #Mumbai pic.twitter.com/1Fp4ZYUUWr— ANI (@ANI) October 17, 2019
Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal on Tuesday said that the recent economic slowdown is a cyclic structural adjustment, and it is the right time to invest in India before growth bounces back. As India is no longer the fastest-growing major economy in the world, Goyal admitted that the country's economic growth has slowed down in past two quarters (January-March and April-June in 2019) to a six-year low. "India, being an economy with huge opportunities, could do well without this kind of a slowdown... Our economy is like any other economy in the world... challenges have grown (in recent times)," Goyal said during a panel discussion at India Energy Forum CERAWeek in New Delhi. He further said, "We had a pretty good run for almost four to five years before the last two quarters. It (the slowdown) is the rightsizing of certain sectors or opportunities in different areas."