Jaitley takes another jibe at Rahul; Congress calls it hollow

RSTV Bureau
File Photo: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley at Economic Times Corporate Excellence Award function in Mumbai on  28 October 2017. (Representational Image).

File Photo: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley at Economic Times Corporate Excellence Award function in Mumbai on 28 October 2017. (Representational Image).

Days after he questioned Rahul Gandhi saying “How much does he knows”, Union minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday launched another jibe questioning wisdom of Gandhi and his party by repeatedly attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Congress party has become “ideology less” because its “only obsession is a person called Narendra Modi”, Jaitley said in a Facebook post.

Modi and the ruling BJP has been at the centre of Gandhi’s criticism on the issue of agrarian distress, loan waivers of the corporate houses, health of Indian PSU banks and cases pertaining to the businessmen Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and Vijay Malya, who are currently on the run.

Observing that the UPA government during 2008-2014 indiscriminately lent money through banks to 15 big loan defaulters, Jaitley said Gandhi prefers the “Gobbelian traditions to say the exact opposite”.

“For a President of a national party not to understand this basic procedure of bank functioning should be a matter of concern to the entire party as also the country. In dynastic parties political positions are heritable. Unfortunately wisdom is not heritable. It has to be acquired through learning,” he said.

He further said that there is no ideological pattern in Gandhi’s statements. “Ignorance with anti-Modism is a common thread”, he said.

“The leader’s ill-informed instincts become the ideology. This can only happen to a party which becomes ideologyless; pushes itself to the fringe; is willing to act as a tailender to regional parties. All this because its only obsession is a person called Narendra Modi,” Jaitley said.

New Delhi: File photo of Congress President Rahul Gandhi addresses the media at party office, in New Delhi, May 19, 2018. PTI

New Delhi: File photo of Congress President Rahul Gandhi addresses the media at party office, in New Delhi, May 19, 2018.
PTI

Responding back hours later, the Congress charged that Jaitley’s blogs are a clear case of finding lost political relevance by “churning unadulterated lies”.

“We understand his desperation of seeking political relevance by writing hollow rhetoric, unadulterated falsehood and plain distortion of facts through his hollow blog,” Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said said in a statement.

Surjewala dubbed Jaitley as the “worst” Finance minister in India’s history who pushed a resilient Indian into an unprecedented financial gloom. The economy under Jaitley has become the biggest NPA (non-performing asset) for the country, he said.

“The Congress wants to remind the prime minister and Jaitley that they have ruined this country’s economy through their Modinomics + Jaitleynomics, and this country now needs a break from them,” Surjewala said.

(With inputs from PTI)