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‘Where is the plan to get out of gloom?’ Chidambaram jabs govt on economy

Former Union Minister P Chidambaram, who is in Delhi’s Tihar Jail in connection with the INX media case, today took a swipe at the Centre asking for a “plan” to counter economic slowdown the country is staring at. “I am deeply concerned about the economy. The poor are the worst affected. Lower incomes, fewer jobs, less trade and lower investment affect the poor and the middle class. Where is the plan to get the country out of this decline and gloom?” the former minister tweeted, via “family”.

The 73-year-old Congress leader was sent to 14 days’ judicial custody in Tihar jail on September 5. The court had denied Chidambaram’s petition for bail after he completed 15 days in the custody of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

P Chidambaram has kept his Twitter account ticking with tweets on the slowing economy and corruption charges against him. Through his tweet, he also clarified that the tweets were being put out by his family.

I have requested my family to tweet on my behalf the following :-

People have asked me ‘If the dozen officers who processed and recommended the case to you have not been arrested, why have you been arrested? Only because you have put the last signature?’

I have no answer.

— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN)

September 9, 2019

Chidambaram expressed similar fears about the economy when he was asked about his custody in the CBI on September 3. He cryptically said “5 percent”, a jibe at the government over the growth rate in April to June quarter.

“Five per cent. What is 5 percent? You remember 5 percent?” he responded with a smiling face, mocking the government after the GDP slumped to an over six-year low. According to government data, the economic growth slowed to a seven-year low to 5 per cent in April to June quarter from 8 per cent a year ago.

First Published:
Sep 11, 2019 11:54 IST

Source: HindustanTimes