Dear Editor, Veterans in any field should sound warning bells on any worrisome development, be it political, social or about governance. Bajaj Group chairman Rahul Bajaj has come out against the current political dispensation on all three grounds. The Government, however, reacted to his sharp observations with unusual sobriety. Perhaps this is a result of the recent electoral setbacks for the BJP. The saffron party has abandoned the development plank that had launched it to power in 2014 in favour of polarising the electorate along communal lines to get votes. With no concern about the economy, demonetisation seems to be have been implemented with the singular intention of robbing the Opposition of its campaign funds right before the elections in Uttar Pradesh. The BJP won the State, of course, but has been misleading the economy ever since. The nation is now paying a heavy price. To cover up the miserable state of the economy, the BJP had no qualms about using diversions such as the implementation of the National Register of Citizens in Assam, leveraging social divides, keeping opponents besieged by Central agencies and, all the while, managing to spin an idea that all is well simply by juggling data. Worse, it continues to blame the Opposition for each of its own failures. GDP is at a six-year low, private investment is negligible and unemployment at its peak. The BJP never had the acumen or bench strength in economics. R Narayanan, Navi Mumbai.
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