New Delhi: Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday exuded confidence that India, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, would be the first country to free itself from the ‘temporary’ effects of the slowdown in the world. He added that Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Union Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs Anurag Thakur are working day and night to achieve this goal under the guidance of the Prime Minister.

“You are seeing temporary effects of global slowdown. Under leadership of Modi ji, Nirmala Sitharaman ji and Anurag ji are working day and night to fight it. I believe, Indian economy will be the first to be free from slowdown in the world,” said Amit Shah, as quoted by news agency ANI, while addressing a public rally in Shimla on the second anniversary of the BJP government led by Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.

Meanwhile on December 17, the BJP leader Shah had said that although the global slowdown had caused the Indian economy to grow at a slow pace over the last many quarters, the country’s Finance Minister is handling the issue in a “very good manner”, stated a report.

On the same day, Amit Shah had also dismissed all the claims that BJP-led government had passed the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) to divert people’s attention from economic issues including the fall in the GDP growth rate. It must be noted that India’s second quarter GDP growth rate had slowed down sharply to 4.5 per cent, the weakest pace in over six years, as the manufacturing output hit a slump and consumer demand and private investment weakened.

In response to a question on the economic slowdown in India, Amit Shah, as quoted by news agency PTI, had said, “As far as the economy is concerned I have stated it many times that there is a global slowdown and it has been impacting India also.”

(With inputs from PTI)