Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Saturday took a dig at Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman over her ‘Act of God’ remarks on the economy, saying will “the FM as the Messenger of God” answer how should the “mismanagement” of the economy before the coronavirus pandemic be described.
Sitharaman on Thursday had said the economy has been hit by the coronavirus pandemic, which is an ‘Act of God’, and it will see a contraction in the current fiscal.
Taking a swipe at the Finance Minister over the remarks, Chidambaram said, “If the pandemic is an ‘Act of God’, how do we describe the mismanagement of the economy during 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20. Before the pandemic struck India?” “Will the FM as the Messenger of God please answer?” the former finance minister asked.
On revenue loss
Chidambaram also slammed the Centre for asking States to borrow more to make up for revenue