Improve economy, don’t create circus: Priyanka Gandhi

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra also tagged a media report which claimed that the slowdown in the auto sector continued in Sept.

New Delhi: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Saturday hit out at Union Minister Piyush Goyal for his remarks on Nobel laureate Abhijit Banerjee, saying the government’s job is to improve the “collapsing” economy and not to run a “comedy circus.”

Goyal on Friday, said Banerjee supported ‘NYAY,’ a minimum income scheme proposed by the Congress, which was rejected by the Indian voters and there was no need to “accept what he thinks.”

The ‘NYAY’ scheme was one of the highlights of the Congress manifesto for the April-May Lok Sabha polls.
The Union commerce and industry minister, at a media briefing in Pune, also described Banerjee as a “Left-leaning” person.

Lashing out at Goyal for his remarks, Priyanka said instead of doing their work, BJP leaders are trying to belie the achievements of others.

The Nobel laureate did his work honestly and won the Nobel Prize, she said in a tweet in Hindi.

“The economy is collapsing. Your job is to improve it, not to run a comedy circus,” the Congress General Secretary said.

She also tagged a media report which claimed that the slowdown in the auto sector continued in September.

Banerjee, an Indian-American who has been critical of the Narendra Modi government’s economic policies, won the 2019 Nobel Prize for Economic Sciences.

Union Minister Piyush Goyal dubbed Nobel laureate economist Abhijit Banerjee as “Left-leaning” and said as his suggestion of basic income scheme was rejected by Indian voters, there was no need to “accept what he thinks”.

“I congratulate Abhijit Banerjee for winning the Nobel prize. You all know that his thinking is totally Left- leaning,” Goyal said at a media briefing here.

“Banerjee supported ‘Nyay’ and people of India rejected his ideology,” Goyal said.

He added that it was a matter of pride that an Indian won the Nobel prize.

Economy were biased, Goyal said the reporter should pose this question to Banerjee himself.

Banerjee had said that Indian economy was on shaky ground, adding the data currently available does not hold any assurance for economic revival anytime soon.

BJP leaders are busy undermining the achievements of others instead of doing the work they have been assigned. The man who won the Nobel prize did his work with honesty and then won the award. Your (government’s) work is to improve the economy and not run a comedy circus. —Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Congress General Secretary