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'This Govt Is Full Of Amateurs'

By ARCHANA MASIH, RAJESH KARKERA, NIKHIL LAKSHMAN
June 01, 2024 09:59 IST
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'It does not understand economics. The entire focus of this government is skewed.'

IMAGE: Anshul Avijit Kushwaha, the Congress candidate from the Patna Saheb constituency. Photograph and all videos: Rajesh Karkera for Rediff.com

Anshul Avijit Kushwaha, the Congress candidate from Patna Saheb and former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar's son, refutes the charge of being an 'outsider' in Patna.

Locked in an uphill contest with sitting MP and former Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Anshul says he has run his campaign from his grandfather Babu Jagjivan Ram's house and draws strength from the long legacy of public service rendered by his family.

"My grandfather was defence minister in the 1971 War, he was agriculture minister during the Green Revolution and brought in sweeping changes as law minister; my mother brought several reforms as social justice minister -- this is where I get my energy from, how can it be a charge?" he says with emphasis.

IMAGE: Anshul Avijit at an election meeting with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav at Khusrupur in Patna, May 27, 2024. Photograph: ANI Photo

Trained as an economist, the Cambridge-educated electoral debutant launches a tirade against the Modi government's handling of the economy.

"Even before the pandemic, our GDP plummeted to 3.7% from 8% that we gave as a gift to the NDA. The GDP plummeted precipitously because of extreme mismanagement," he says a week before the latest GDP figures were released.

IMAGE: Anshul Avijit speaks at an election rally. Photograph: Kind courtesy Anshul Avijit/Twitter

"The government's entire economic model is flawed. 'Viksit Bharat', 'third largest economy' are all propaganda and slogans. The government's figures are fudged and false," he says in the concluding part of an interview.

 

On being an 'Outsider' in Patna

 

On 'parivarvad' in the Congress party'

 

On his campaign experience

 

On the economic problems confronting India

 

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Videos created and edited by Rajesh Karkera/Rediff.com
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