Making a pointed assault Saturday on Rahul Gandhi who has been repeatedly focusing on the federal government and the Prime Minister over points starting from the farm legal guidelines to the disengagement at Pangong Tso, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman referred to as the Congress chief the “Doomsday Man for India” and mentioned he has been “continuously insulting Constitutionally elected authorities”, saying “things which will demean India” and has been constructing “fake narratives”.
Replying to the talk in Lok Sabha on the Union Budget, Sitharaman, responding to Gandhi’s remarks accusing the BJP-led authorities of crony capitalism and for following a ‘Hum Do, Hamare Do’ coverage, Sitharaman hit again, saying the “cronies are hiding behind the party that was rejected by the people” and for the BJP authorities, the cronies are the “common people” of the nation.
Targeting the Gandhi household with out taking names, she mentioned: “Hum Do, Hamare Do is this: We are two people taking care of the party and there are two other people… the daughter and the ‘damad’. We, the BJP government, don’t do that.”
Referring to the ‘damad’, she alleged that land had been snatched from small farmers in Rajasthan and Haryana underneath Congress rule at low cost costs. “Where are the cronies? They are hiding probably in the shadow of that party which has been rejected by the people. The shadows who were invited to even develop a port… they were invited. No open tenders, no global tenders,” she mentioned.
Rahul Gandhi, she instructed the House, had been creating “fake narratives”, “humiliating India” and had “joined the break-India-image group”.
“The Opposition which has to raise questions on the government is doing this. I am scared that he has become the Doomsday Man for India… The tendencies of the Congress, in creating fake narratives and creating an institution to be misused by their cronies, makes it clear that their belief in the democratically elected Parliament is finished,” she mentioned.
As she focused Gandhi within the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, some Congress MPs protested however others remained silent. When TMC MP Saugata Roy took exception to a few of her remarks, Sitharaman requested him why he “shivered” earlier than the Congress.
Slamming Gandhi for “violating constitutional proprieties” by not talking on the Budget through the debate, she mentioned she had ten questions for him.
“I want to ask him 10 questions, which I thought he would reply while ‘laying foundation’ for his Budget speech,” she mentioned, taking a swipe on the Congress MP who had mentioned he was “laying foundation” for the Budget debate by elevating the problem of farmers.
She mentioned she wished to know from the Congress why it had taken a U-turn after taking a place on the APMCs in its 2019 election manifesto.
She mentioned Gandhi had failed to elucidate why Congress governments in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh didn’t waive farm loans, as promised of their manifestos.
She requested why the Congress governments had not withdrawn the farm legal guidelines they referred to as “black” and whether or not the Congress chief had requested the social gathering governments to announce reduction for farmers of their respective states.
“I thought after the Prime Minister spoke about the small farmers, he (Gandhi) would announce that he had told his brother-in-law to return the land he had snatched from small farmers. The Prime Minister quoted Dr Manmohan Singh. Why has the Congress forgotten Manmohan Singh’s remarks?” she mentioned.
She mentioned no APMC has been shut in any state. “Let him prove if any APMC is shut. The Budget makes a provision that Rs 30,000 crore, which will be collected through agri development infra cess, will be going to the states to improve the APMC infrastructure.”
Referring to Gandhi’s transfer to make his social gathering members stand in silence to pay tribute to farmers throughout his speech Thursday, she requested why Gandhi, who prior to now had torn an ordinance issued by the Congress-led UPA publicly, stored insulting constitutional authorities. “He is insulting everyone… whether President, Prime Minister or Speaker… constantly lying and insulting the country,” she mentioned