The Congress party on Tuesday, came down heavily on the Modi government’s National Monetisation Pipeline, a Rs 6 Lakh crore plan unveiled by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday.
Addressing a press conference along with former finance minister P Chidambaram, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said that the Bharatiya Janata Party claims nothing happened in India for 70 years but now all assets created in the past 70 years are being sold.
He alleged that the government has destroyed what the UPA built and now as a last resort, they are selling all those assets, a move he termed a ‘huge tragedy’.
“What this country has built over the last 70 years, is being given away. There is an excuse they have come up with that “we are leasing these”…The government clearly mishandled the economy and doesn’t know what to do…..They have basically destroyed what the UPA built and now as a last resort, they are selling everything that we had helped create. To me, this is a huge tragedy,” said the former Congress chief.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman yesterday announced an ambitious Rs 6 lakh crore National Monetisation Pipeline (NMP). The plan included unlocking value by involving private companies across infrastructure sectors — from passenger trains and railway stations to airports, roads and stadiums. As many as 25 Airports Authority of India (AAI) airports as well as 40 railway stations, 15 railway stadiums and an unidentified number of railway colonies have been identified for getting private investments.