Union finance minister Arun Jaitley today replied to the Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, who had yet again taken potshots today at the Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on the Rafale issue.
The Facebook post of the Arun Jaitley accused the Congress chief of lying about the government waiving loans worth Rs. 2.5 lakh crore to 15 industrialists.
“The world’s largest democracy must seriously introspect whether public discourse should be allowed to be polluted by the falsehood of a Clown Prince,” Arun Jaitley said in his blog, targeting the Congress president.
He added that while in mature democracies, those who rely on falsehood are considered unfit for public life and that many have been banished from political activity because they were caught lying, this surely can’t apply to a dynastic organisation like Congress party.
However, Congress too replied without losing the opportunity and party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala shot back: “And yes ‘Jait-LIE’ ji, the desperate quest to stay relevant of a ‘court jester’ by wasteful blogs continues.”
Loans to 12 defaulters were given before 2014 and it was only the present government which was making recoveries, the finance minister said.
Rahul Gandhi has repeatedly attacked the Narendra Modi government on the deal for 36 Rafale fighter jets from France.
He alleged that during UPA rule, most of these accounts were not declared NPAs.>