Congress leader Chidambaram indicated that Modi’s statement had 'allowed China to re-assert its claim to the entire Galwan Valley', and wondered 'what is the (Indian) government’s answer to this claim?'
The government has held back the release of complete data of index of industrial production for April, saying it is not appropriate to compare the IIP data with earlier months due to COVID-19 lockdown.
Chidambaram's remarks came a day after the RBI delivered an emergency rate cut for the second time in as many months on Friday as it judged that the Covid-19 pandemic poses a grave threat to the country and will lead to the first economic contraction in 40 years.
The Congress leader added that even announcements made to help the MSME sector were “skewed in favour of the larger MSMEs – about 45 lakh” and that a 'bulk of the 6.3 crore MSMEs were left high and dry'.
'We will also carefully examine who gets what? And the first thing we will look for is what the poor, hungry and devastated migrant workers can expect after they have walked hundreds of kilometres to their home states,' P. Chidambaram said.
Hostile speeches and abusive remarks, it is now pervasively believed, can make or break electoral verdicts. Whenever rival politicians indulge in a war of words, the public avidly tallies who ‘won’ or ‘lost’ each round.
The government’s decision to handpick Justice Gaur for the post-retirement job has expectedly raised eyebrows, particularly within the Opposition and a section of the legal fraternity, as it is being seen as an ‘award’ for ensuring that Chidambaram ceases to enjoy protection from arrest.