BJP’S ‘Achhe Din’ over in 4 years: Rahul

Party chief names Rafale deal, hap­pen­ings in CBI and Ni­rav MODI-PNB scam in run up to MP Assem­bly polls; government try­ing to de­stroy au­ton­o­mous struc­ture of RBI, says Congress

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Congress Pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi on Tues­day took a jibe at Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi, say­ing his prom­ise of “Achhe Din” had gone up in smoke in just four years and now peo­ple were al­leg­ing that “chowki­dar chor hai” (watch­man is cor­rupt).

As he sharp­ened his barbs, Gandhi ut­tered the said, “chowki­dar” and the crowd at­tend­ing a rally here roared back: “chor hai.” It was the Congress leader’s last leg of a two-day visit to the state.

If on Mon­day his at­tacks were aimed at Chief Min­is­ter Shivraj Singh Chouhan, then on Tues­day Gandhi took aim at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lead­er­ship.

He named the Rafale deal, the hap­pen­ings in the CBI and the Ni­rav MODI-PNB scam in the run up to the Mad­hya Pradesh Assem­bly polls of Nov.28.

“Modi says he is not a ruler but a (po­lit­i­cal) ser­vant − a watch­man. It is a lie. He is not guard­ing poor peo­ple’s as­sets. In fact he is illing up the cof­fers of his cronies... He saves fugi­tives like Ni­rav Modi and Me­hul Chowksi and Vi­jay Mallya who leave Indian shores for the for­eign ones with­out any fear.”

A num­ber of BJP lead­ers on Tues­day joined the Congress in Mad­hya Pradesh in Gandhi’s pres­ence.

BJP MLA San­jay Sharma, for­mer MLA Kam­la­pat Arya and Ki­rar com­mu­nity leader Gu­lab Singh Ki­rar joined the party ear­lier in Indore.

Mean­while, sharp­en­ing its at­tack on Fi­nance Min­is­ter Arun Jait­ley, the Congress on Tues­day ac­cused the government of try­ing to de­stroy au­ton­o­mous in­sti­tu­tions like the Re­serve Bank of In­dia (RBI) and al­leged him of in­ter­fer­ing in the work of the cen­tral bank.

“I have been sur­prised to­day by the sharp at­tack of the Fi­nance Min­is­ter on the RBI and its per­for­mance. The cen­tral bank is in­de­pen­dent and au­ton­o­mous,” Congress leader Anand Sharma told re­porters.

He said that it was in the in­ter­est of In­dia and the econ­omy that the RBI alone re­mains the reg­u­la­tor for the banks for the lend­ing, bor­row­ings and ixes the rates for the banks.

“Only the RBI must have the pow­ers to reg­u­late the pub­lic sec­tor banks and none else. This government has ig­nited a ire through its re­peated in­ter­fer­ence from day one. And now government move to take charge of the mone­tary pol­icy is a very omi­nous move,” he said.

“It (at­tack on RBI) can­not be ac­cepted. It must be op­posed. Government be­ing the spend­ing author­ity, can­not be­come the mone­tary author­ity for the coun­try. Equally im­por­tant is to re­mem­ber the role of the RBI as the pay­ment reg­u­la­tor can­not be di­luted or taken away by a government nom­i­nated body,” the Congress leader said.

His re­marks came soon after Jait­ley on Tues­day held the cen­tral bank re­spon­si­ble for the mountain of bad loans, say­ing the RBI looked the other way when banks lent in­dis­crim­i­nately dur­ing 2008-14 to keep the econ­omy hum­ming.

“Un­der Modi and BJP, they are dam­ag­ing all the in­de­pen­dent in­sti­tu­tions of the coun­try which have their role in main­tain­ing gov­er­nance and ad­min­is­tra­tion like CBI, ED, IT, DRI, Cen­tral Uni­ver­si­ties and many oth­ers,” he said.

“I want to make one thing very clear to­day to Jait­ley, since he speci­ically com­mented from the year 2008. Very em­i­nent Gov­er­nors of the RBI, far more com­pe­tent than Jait­ley or Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi, were there. And that time also the coun­try had the beneit of an em­i­nent econ­o­mist of unim­peach­able in­tegrity in Man­mo­han Singh as coun­try PM,” he said, adding 2008 was the year when the big inan­cial cri­sis en­veloped the global econ­omy.

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Rahul Gandhi walks to­wards the CBI head­quar­ters dur­ing a protest march in New Delhi on Fri­day. DHAR:

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