Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra, while targeting the Modi government in the Lok Sabha on several issues including economic indicators and the context of the economy, said that the word ‘Pappu’ was used to degrade someone. Today, it is known through statistics that who is the ‘real Pappu’.
New Delhi: Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra, while targeting the government on economic indicators and the way the government has handled the economy, on Tuesday questioned who is the ‘real Pappu’ now.
Taking forward the inconclusive discussion on the first batch of supplementary demands for grants for 2022-23 and additional demands for grants for 2019-20 in the Lok Sabha on Monday, Mahua Moitra said, ‘Pappu’ vocabulary to degrade someone was used. Through statistics, it is known who is the ‘real Pappu’.
Mahua said, ‘ED is being used to harass the leaders of the opposition parties. It should be told what is the percentage of conviction in ED cases? Is this agency being used only to harass people? Who is the real Pappu?’
What is the government doing to generate additional revenue, especially non-tax revenue, he asked.
Moitra said, ‘Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman mentioned during Question Hour on Monday how 50% of the inflow of foreign institutional investors in emerging markets is coming to India, but the government had told in the House last Friday in response to a question That in the last nine years lakhs of people have given up the citizenship of India. Moitra said that why is it happening that people are giving up citizenship.
He said, ‘The total number of Indians who gave up Indian citizenship in the last nine years from 2014 to this government is more than 12.5 lakh. Is this a sign of a healthy economic environment or a healthy tax environment? Who is Pappu now?’
Moitra said, ‘We represent the people. It is our right to question the inefficiency of the government. It is the official duty of the government to answer. He should not behave like a ‘giggle cat’.
Citing the results of the recent assembly elections and especially the election results of Himachal Pradesh, he said, ‘The president of the ruling party could not save his home state, he had to face defeat there. Who is the ‘real Pappu’ now?’
It may be known that BJP’s National President JP Nadda is from Himachal Pradesh.
Mahua said that the government should be the one which ensures ‘strong morality’, ‘strong law and order’ and ‘strong economy’.
As reported by The Hindu, Mahua accused BJP leaders of spreading lies about the ‘benefits’ of demonetisation without paying attention to the actual data.
Moitra said, ‘You have not achieved the goals of cashless digital economy. You have not achieved the objective of eradicating fake notes even after six years of your ‘Dhamaka’ announcement. At the same time, the currency in circulation has doubled from Rs 18 lakh crore in November 2016 to Rs 32 lakh crore in November 2022.
The TMC MP further said, ‘Every February the government assures the people that the country’s economy is doing very well. We are the fastest growing, most efficient global player, providing jobs, cylinders, electricity and pucca houses to all. This lie continues for eight to 10 months and after that the truth comes out lame.
He said, ‘Today December is going on and the government says that it needs an additional Rs 3.26 lakh crore over and above the budget estimates.’
Citing the latest data released by the National Statistics Office (NSO) office, he claimed that industrial production fell by four per cent in October, which is the lowest in 26 months. While the manufacturing sector, which is ‘still creating the most jobs’, shrank at 5.6%.
He said that there has been a decrease of $ 72 billion in foreign exchange reserves within a year.
“Negative growth rate has been recorded in 17 industry sectors that make up the Index of Industrial Production (IIP). According to the IIP data released by NSO, the manufacturing sector output is set to decline by 5.6% in October 2022, as against a growth of 3.3% recorded in the year-ago month.
Mahua alleged that there is an ‘atmosphere of terror’ in the country today where the ED’s sword hangs over the heads of businessmen and high-net-worth individuals as well as leaders of opposition parties.
(With inputs from news agency Bhasha)
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