How much does Rahul Gandhi know, asks Arun Jaitley

RSTV Bureau
File: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. PTI

File: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

Senior BJP leader and Union minister Arun Jaitley responded back to Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s charges against the policies of NDA governmnet, saying he is still lacking in his information about the achievments of the government. In his blog on Facebook, the Union minister questioned “how much does he know and when will he know” referring to Gandhi.

“Every time I listen to the view of Shri Rahul Gandhi, both inside and outside Parliament, I ask myself the same question – How much does he know? When will he know?” Jaitley said

On Wednesday, Rahul Gandhi had charged that Modi government “waived off loans of Rs 2.5 lakh crore of 15 top industrialists while farmers continue to suffer under acute distress”.

In his strong rebuttal and defense of the government, Jaitley said that the government has not waived a single rupee due from any industrialist. “Listening to his speech delivered in Madhya Pradesh today reaffirms my curiosity about the answer. Is he being inadequately briefed or is he being a little too liberal with his facts,” Jaitley wrote.

“Those who owed money to the banks and other creditors have been declared insolvent and removed from their companies by IBC enacted by Prime Minister Modi’s Government. These loans were given largely during the UPA Government,” he added.

On Gandhi’s comment that Modi government has given Rs 35,000 crore each to two diamond jewellers — Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi — who have now escaped out of the country, he said this is factually not correct. “The banking fraud started in 2011 when the UPA II was in power and it was only detected during the NDA period,” rebutted Jaitley.

In his first public event following his return from abroad, where he said he had gone for his mother Sonia Gandhi’s regular medical check-up, Rahul promised farmers loan waiver in Madhya Pradesh within 10 days if his party comes to power there and slammed the central and state government over the plight of the agriculturists.

Hitting back, Jaitley said Gandhi’s claims described the UPA government, particularly UPA II. The bulk of today’s NPA or bad loans were given by the banking system during the period 2008-14, he added.

“From 2014, we have been systematically taking one step after the other to recover these monies back” the post said. Jaitley further said that in 2014 when UPA went out of power, there were only two mobile phone manufacturing units in India. In 2018, with the result of the NDA government’s electronics policy and the incentives in a four year period, this has increased to 120 units with an investment of Rs 1.32 lakh crore.

The Congress chief had addressed a public rally at Pipliya Mandi in Mandsaur district to commemorate the first anniversary of police firing  during an agitation in which six farmers were killed.

(With agency inputs)