Shourie attacks Modi govt, dubs demonetisation 'largest money-laundering scheme ever'
In a blistering attack, former Union Minister Arun Shourie said the current economic slowdown was induced by decisions taken by the Narendra Modi government.
October 04, 2017 / 10:54 AM IST
NEW DELHI, INDIA - JUNE 9: Arun Shourie speaks at the Editors Guild meeting at Press Club of India on June 9, 2017 in New Delhi, India. The Press Club of India organized a meet to protest the CBI raids on NDTV and the attack on freedom of press. (Photo by Vipin Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
In a blistering attack, former Union Minister Arun Shourie said the current economic slowdown was induced by decisions taken by the Narendra Modi government and termed demonetization as the “largest money-laundering scheme ever”.
In an interview with NDTV, Shourie also questioned the government’s rollout of the goods and services tax, saying that it was an important reform but was poorly implemented.
Further, he said the government’s decision to hold a midnight ceremony for GST launch was “event management”. “A tax reform is being compared to the independence of India,” he said in the interview.
Shourie’s attack comes in the wake of another round of recent criticism, by Yashwant Sinha, who wrote in an Indian Express op-ed that he needed to “speak up now” in national interest.
In response, the BJP dismissed Shourie and Sinha’s criticisms as coming from “frustrated politicians” who have been sidelined.
To that, Shourie said that that was BJP’s “standard operating procedure“They should publish a list in advance of frustrated persons,” to preempt criticism.
The former editor-turned-politician had also attacked the government on the issue of freedom of press.