New Delhi, Jan 30: While the Economic Survey 2018 painted a 'rosy picture' for India in the coming days, Congress president Rahul Gandhi decided to attack the Narendra Modi government on various economic fronts on Monday.
After the survey was tabled in Parliament on Monday, on the first day of the Budget session 2018, Rahul said that "Acche Din are here, except for minor hiccups" such as a decrease in the growth of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), agriculture and job creation.
During the campaign for the Lok Sabha elections in 2014, Prime Minister Modi promised voters to bring "Acche Din (Good days)" in the country if the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is voted to power.
Rahul tweeted, "The Economic Survey 2018 says, 'Acche Din' are here, except for these minor hiccups: Industrial Growth is (down). Agricultural Growth is (down). GDP Growth is (down) and Job Growth is (down). Don't worry Be Happy!"
He also tagged a video of the song "Don't worry be happy" with the tweet.
The #EconomicSurvey2018 says, #AccheDin are here, except for these minor hiccups:— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) January 29, 2018
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"Don't worry Be Happy!"https://t.co/nXsHWvGuo3
Shedding light on the impact of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and demonetisation, the Economic Survey said that India's economy is "picking up quite nicely" and will expand by 7-7.5 per cent in 2018-19 to again become the world's fastest growing major economy.
Reacting to the survey, former finance minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram hit out at the government over the "depressing" report and predicted a growth rate of 6-6.5 per cent for 2017-18.
Chidambaram said though the survey says growth rate for 2017-18 will be 6.75 per cent, implying a second half growth rate of 7.5 per cent, it offers little evidence in support of this claim.
"The growth rate in the first half was 6 per cent, and the year is likely to end with a growth rate of between 6 and 6.5 per cent....Altogether, it is a depressing report of the fiscal year that will come to an end in two months," he said.
After Union finance minister Arun Jaitley presented the Economic Survey 2018-- India's pre-budget economic report-- to Parliament, he is all set to present the Union Budget 2018-2019 on Thursday (February 1).