["Modi and his government had fired a "double tap" at the heart of the economy", Rahul Gandhi said. (Twitter @incindia)]
New Delhi: Calling demonetisation a total failure and terming Goods and Service Tax (GST) a "tsunami of tax terrorism”, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday blamed the two decisions spearheaded personally by Prime Minister Modi behind the current slowdown in the economy.
"Real wages stagnant for three years. Bank lending lowest in 60 years. Inequality highest in 100 years. In Modiji's words, this is a MMD (Modi Made Disaster)", the Congress Vice President said while addressing the business community at the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
"Modi and his government had fired a "double tap" at the heart of the economy", Rahul Gandhi said.
"Modi ji and his Government have fired a double tap at the heart of our economy. First Notebandi, bang, and then GST, bang, has crippled our economy," he added.
The Congress leader also hit out at the government over job losses and accused it of "disrespecting" Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) by not hearing them out and understanding their "pain" after demonetisation and GST implementation.
Rahul said the government did not believe in its people and the people had "slowly withdrawn their trust" from the government.
"The trust in this government is dead. For some reason the prime minister and his government are absolutely convinced that every single person in the country is a thief," he said.
"The only way trust comes is by listening to each other. Today no one in this government is listening to the pain of our people," he said.
"Start up India is welcome for the economy but it cannot be accompanied by Shut Up India. It's imperative for the government to listen to you, trust you, believe in you", he added.
Gandhi added that globally India was being repeatedly asked if it still believed in its values of compassion and non-violence.
"People once looked up to us for our values and leadership. Today they laugh...," he said.
Rahul Gandhi also said that the country will observe the death anniversary of 500 and 1000-rupee notes next month.
"All cash is not black, all black is not cash. The prime minister used his vast power to unleash terror on the citizens of India.
"To make millions of Indian citizens stand in queues for over two months desperately running from one ATM to another many of them dying in the process, millions losing their jobs and their livelihood. To do all that you surely need someone with a very big chest but a very small heart", Rahul said.