Businesses wary of criticising Modi govt

Clay Curtis
December 4, 2019

The Congress said the Modi government could not find a cure for the ailing economy since it was not willing to acknowledge the "pathogens" that infected it.

She was replying to a tweet by Sitharaman who shared a video of The Economic Times' ET Awards event in Mumbai on Saturday where Bajaj, chairman of Bajaj Group, had told Sitharaman, Home Minister Amit Shah and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on dais that people were afraid of criticising the BJP government's policies and added that no one in the business community would speak about this issue.

"If you say there is a certain kind of atmosphere, we will have to make efforts to improve it".

"In the UPA II era, we could criticize anyone".

"This atmosphere... it is absolutely on our minds. I'll say that openly". An ambiance must quiet be created. "But we don't have the confidence that you will appreciate our open criticism", admitting that he may be wrong. I could possibly additionally fair be inaccurate. But, we know what means.that people are getting killed or something. "After hearing your question I doubt anybody believes this claim that people are afraid", he tweeted.

"In UPA 2 we may possibly no longer abuse somebody... that is a different case", he added.

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The Dwelling Minister denied allegations there was an environment of concern within the nation.

"No need to panic in regards to the rest".

Some have said that Modi's government, which came to power in 2014, poses a threat to India's traditions of tolerance and public debate. "No one wants to scare, and we have done nothing to be concerned about any criticism", Shah responded. The audience included Home Minister Amit Shah and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman among others.

Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri, too was scathing in his attack for Bajaj as he wrote, "That Mr Rahul Bajaj could stand up to Sh @AmitShah Ji's face, express himself freely & instigate others to join him clearly indicate that freedom of expression & democratic values are alive & flourishing in India".

Despite the initiatives, the downward spiral in the Indian economy continues.

On Friday, after authorities data confirmed India's GDP slowing to 4.5 per cent within the July-September quarter - the lowest in over six years - Mr Singh entreated the High Minister and his authorities to regulate the climate of society within the country "from one in every of panic to that of self belief".

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