Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh. (PTI)
Congress leader Digvijay Singh today ridiculed the strong GDP figures put out by the NDA government a few days ago, terming them an outcome of “jumlanomics” (rhetoric-based economics). “After demonetisation, when industries have cut down their production (and) some of them have closed down and some of them have thrown people (employees) out of jobs… suddenly there are these high growth figures released by the government. “This is nothing but an outcome of ‘jumlanomics’ (rhetoric-based economic thinking) of Amit Shah (BJP President), Narendra Modi (Prime Minister) and Arun Jaitley (Finance Minister),” he told reporters here.
The government recently pegged GDP growth at a higher-than-expected 7.1 per cent for 2016-17 despite the note ban impact. The GDP grew at a healthy 7 per cent rate in Q3 (October-December period). Singh claimed that even economists are surprised with these numbers coming post demonetisation and at a time when the economy was going through a bad patch. “This country is being fooled by the BJP,” he alleged.
He said during the election campaign in Uttar Pradesh, Modi and Shah raised issues which have nothing to do with the people. “The Prime Minister makes wrong statements about Rahul Gandhi (Congress Vice-President)… this is shameful,” the former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister said.
Digvijay stands by remark against madrassas, RSS schools
Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh today refused to withdraw his statement that schools run by madrassas and the RSS spread hatred. The Hyderabad Police had last month registered a case against Singh over his social media post criticising the Muslim madrassas (seminaries) and the RSS-run Saraswati Sishu Mandirs. These schools “spread hatred”, the Congress leader had said.
“Whenever Digvijay Singh attacks the Hindu fundamentalism, the Muslim clergy loves it, but whenever I say something about the religious fanatics in the minority community, they have an issue,” he told reporters here. “If Telangana police comes to question me… I am not withdrawing my remarks. I stand by my remarks. The remarks are in the best interests of everyone. I have right to say that religious fundamentalism is a curse for the secular fabric of this country,” he said.
He said during his tenure as the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh he had recommended ban on Students Islamic Movement of India, and the Bajarang Dal. “But only SIMI was banned by the then central government,” he claimed. Congress wanted modernisation of madrassas, he said. Singh was booked on a complaint by Majlis Bachao Tehreek (MBT) leader Amjed Ullah Khan under IPC section 295 A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings).