FM's comment on Bajaj's lack of freedom: spreading one's impression can damage the national interest

New Delhi, December 2 () The Minister of Finance, Nirmala Sitharaman, responded to the statement of the industrialist Rahul Bajaj that India Inc was afraid to criticize the government of Narendra Modi, saying that spreading the impression itself can damage the national interest, a comment which caused strong reactions in social networks. media.

At the ET Awards event of The Economic Times in Mumbai on Saturday night, Bajaj, president of the Bajaj Group, had told Sitharaman, the Interior Minister, Amit Shah, and the Minister of Railways, Piyush Goyal, that people He is afraid to criticize the policies of the BJP government and added that not one in the business community would talk about this issue.

Shah had responded by saying that there is no need to fear for anything. The Narendra Modi government has been continuously criticized in the media. But, if you say that this environment exists, we must work to improve this.

Bajaj found support in Biocon President Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, who said the government treated India Inc as outcasts and does not want to hear any criticism of the economy.

I hope the government will contact India Inc. to find solutions to revive consumption and growth. So far we are all outcasts and the government does not want to hear any criticism of our economy, he wrote on Twitter on Sunday night.

Shortly after, Sitharaman tweeted a video of the ET event to say: Interior Minister @AmitShah responds on how the issues raised by Shri were addressed. Rahul Bajaj. Questions/criticisms are heard and answered/answered.

It is always a better way to look for an answer than to spread one's own impressions that, by gaining traction, can damage the national interest, he said.

His comments obtained varied responses with the opposition Congress taking advantage to criticize the government.

Congress leader and former union minister Kapil Sibal said: Rahul Bajaj only said: The industry fears criticizing the government.

The national interest lies in praising you!

His party spokesman, Salman Anees Soz, said that only an insecure, incompetent and intolerant government will be lowered enough to characterize the government's criticism against the national interest.

In defense of the government, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri claimed that there were false narratives.

That Mr. Rahul Bajaj can face the face of Sh @AmitShah Ji, express himself freely and instigate others to join him, clearly indicates that freedom of expression and democratic values ​​are alive and flourishing in India. That is exactly what democracy is about. He tweeted.

The Minister of Railways and Commerce, Piyush Goyal, referred to Shah's response to Bajaj's comments to say there is no fear.

See Interior Minister @amitshah respond to Rahul Bajaj's claim that people are afraid to express themselves. After hearing your question, I doubt anyone believes this claim that people are afraid, he tweeted.

A day before the ET event, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had stated that many industrialists told him they were living in fear of being harassed by government authorities. In delivering the farewell address at the Conclave of the National Economy, Singh warned on Friday: Today there is a palpable climate of fear in our society. Many industrialists tell me they live in fear of being harassed by government authorities. Bankers are reluctant to grant new loans, for fear of reprisals. Entrepreneurs hesitate to present new projects, for fear of failure attributed to hidden motives. The new technology companies that are an important new engine of economic growth and employment seem to live under a shadow of constant vigilance and deep suspicion. ANZ BAL