PM Narendra Modi, a day after the budget speech by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman where she underlined his vision of making India a $5 trillion economy within 2024, spoke about the Opposition's commentary on it.
A section of the Opposition had brushed off even the possibility of the country achieving this goal. Making a scathing attack at them, he warned the nation saying that they should not fall into the trap laid by such 'professional pessimist'. He said that such people do not offer any solution to problems.
"I have full faith that we will reach through our collective efforts the $5 trillion economy goal. But there are a few who way what is the need for this? Why is this being done? They are professional pessimists. They are different from common people. Most people would help others find solutions to their problems. But the professional pessimists will put you in more trouble if you go to them asking for a solution. To convert a solution to a problem is the mastery of professional pessimists. But I agree that discussion and criticism are necessary for any topic of national interest.
"A doctor knows the issue with the patient but he gives him the enthusiasm. If the patient is enthusiastic, then his ailment also disappears.
"The mentality of professional pessimists... They don't know if they are doing something wrong, they don't realise if they are talking to the patient. My friends, the people of the country need to be beware of such people," he said.
Congress spokesperson Sanjay Jha had said using an expletive that the idea of making India a $5 trillion economy was as possible as US president Donald Trump playing the role of spiritual leader Dalai Lama in a biopic.
Whereas, the CPI(M)'s general secretary Sitaram Yechury said that the Economic Survey is full of "bombastic" claims and "grandiose" declarations, but lacks basic facts. The Left leader also said the survey "whitewashes" the "terrible" economic record of the last five years and hit out at the government over the resignation of top RBI officials.
(With agency inputs)