The Rajya Sabha member of Shiv Sena, Sanjay Raut has recently criticised Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s statement where she gave ‘act of God’ comment.
During The 41st Goods and Services Tax council meeting, Nirmala Sitharaman said that Corona Virus pandemic is an ‘Act of God’ that is responsible for pathetic condition of the economy.
Sanjay Raut in his weekly column in the ShivSena’s mouthpiece Saamana mentioned that blaming God for the failure of the government is an “insult to Hindutva”.
He said in the column,“The country’s collapsed economy is due to an Act of God, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said so. What kind of Hindutva is this to cover the failure of the government by blaming God? If God is being accused, in which court will he be tried? … Blaming God for the failure of the Government is an insult to Hindutva.”
He also involved PM Modi and wrote,“Our PM Modi speaks on all issues under the sun, but does not speak on the battered economy, or even touches upon the question that has cropped up because of the economic woes. On the road from demonetisation to lockdown, our economy has died,”
He gave examples of several countries, including Brazil, which are helping their nationals with financial aid to tide over the pandemic and its resultant economic impact. “During the pandemic, several countries such as Brazil are helping their people. For them it is not an Act of God, but an economic crisis that has befallen on their people and governments are helping them with financial aid,” he said.
Notably, This reaction came out on Sitharaman’s comment mentioning pandemic as ‘Act Of God’