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India`s economy destroyed by demonetisation, flawed GST, failed lockdown: Rahul reacts to Sitharaman`s `Act of God` remark

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New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday hit out at Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman by claiming that the Indian economy has been “destroyed” by three actions — demonetisation, flawed GST and a failed lockdown.

Sitharaman on Thursday had said the economy has been hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, which is an ‘Act of God’, and it will see a contraction in the current fiscal.

Gandhi tweeted his reponse along with a news report, saying: “India’s economy has been destroyed by three actions: 1. Demonetisation 2. Flawed GST 3. Failed lockdown. Anything else is a lie.”

During the 41 GST Council meet on Thursday, Sitharaman revealed that the pandemic has severely impacted GST revenues which have widened to Rs 2.35 lakh crore this year from a shortfall of Rs 70,000 crore last fiscal. The Center gave the option to the states that they can take a loan for the required revenue in the current financial year.

The former Congress president has been critical of the Narendra Modi-led government in its handling of the economy.

Gandhi is also lending his support to the students who want the NEET-JEE postponed, he started an online campaign so that the demands of the students can be conveyed to the government. 

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