On Thursday, during the GST Council meeting, Nirmala Sitharaman had said the economy had been hit by Coronavirus pandemic, which is an 'Act of God', and that it will see a contraction in the current fiscal.
Chidambaram also said that if the Central government is genuinely committed to both English and Hindi being the official languages of India, it must insisit that all government employees are bilingual in Hindi and English.
'I sincerely hope that the President will take note of what is happening - the erosion of parliamentary democracy, the erosion of the Constitution, the violation of the Constitution and do what
is right in the circumstances, Senior Congress leader told a virtual press conference.
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.
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.