New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pre-budget economy meet with economists, accusing him of having reserved the consultation only for his ‘capitalist friends,’ and not taking any interest in the voice of the rest of the nation. Also Read - 'Had Already Met Economists on Dec 20', Sitharaman's Office Hits Back at Congress After it Mocks BJP Over FM's Absence From Pre-Budget Meet
The Prime Minister had on Thursday held a pre-budget meet with top economists and experts at the NITI Aayog and discussed ways to revive a stagnating economy. Also Read - Ahead of Union Budget 2020, PM Modi Meets Top Economists, Discusses Steps to Revive Economy
Slamming the PM a day after the said meet, Rahul tweeted: “Modi’s most extensive budget consultation ever, is reserved for crony capitalist friends and the super-rich. He has no interest in the views or voices of our farmers, students, youth, women, government and PSU employees, small businessmen or middle-class and taxpayers.” Also Read - Budget Session From Jan 31, Union Budget to be Presented on Feb 1: Report
The former Congress president has been a vocal critic of the government over the current state of economy of the country. He has repeatedly used the jibe ‘Suit Boot ki Sarkar (government of those wearing expensive suits and shoes, i.e businessmen),’ using hashtag SuitBootBudget in his tweet.
The Union Budget, which will be presented on February 1, comes amid the country witnessing a severe economic slowdown. Recently, even the World Bank, in its forecast, downgraded the growth rate projection of the Indian economy for the financial year 2019-20 from 6.5% to just 5%.
Thursday’s pre-budget meet, curiously, was not attended by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, whose office later clarified that she wasn’t present at the meet as she had already met the economists in December.
Parliament’s Budget session will begin on January 31 with the Budget to be presented a day later.