‘Failed stu­dent hates class top­per’

In a point-by-point re­but­tal blog, Union min­is­ter says Rahul spread­ing false­hoods about PM

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New Delhi: In yet an­other Face­book blog on Sun­day, Union cabi­net min­is­ter Arun Jaitley, who re­turned a day ago from the US af­ter un­der­go­ing treat­ment there, tar­geted Congress pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi and said that the great-grand­son of Pan­dit Nehru will be re­mem­bered for “sin­gu­larly dam­ag­ing” the in­sti­tu­tion of Par­lia­ment. He also blamed Rahul for start­ing sev­eral “fake cam­paigns” against the Modi govern­ment.

In the blog ti­tled “In­sti­tu­tions un­der At­tack – The Lat­est Fabri­ca­tion”, Jaitley at­tacked Rahul solely and com­pared his per­sonal ha­tred for Prime Min­is­ter Modi with that of a failed stu­dent who al­ways hates the class top­per, de­scrib­ing his speeches as more “col­lege-level lumpeni­sa­tion in con­tent.”

Jaitley’s blog — at­tempt­ing to dis­credit Rahul — comes a day be­fore the ex­pected tabling of the CAG re­port on Rafale deal in Par­lia­ment.

Re­but­ting Gandhi’s oft-re­peated al­le­ga­tions that Modi govern­ment is de­stroy­ing in­sti­tu­tions, Jaitley hit out at the Congress pres­i­dent and ac­cused him of start­ing sev­eral “fake cam­paigns”. “Each one of them has failed to cut much ice. False­hood doesn’t have longevity,” he said, giv­ing a point-by-point re­but­tal of each of Gandhi’s ac­cu­sa­tions.

Jaitley claimed that af­ter Congress’ false al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion in Rafale, in­dus­trial loans waiver, and against GST fiz­zled out, it re­sorted to shift­ing at­tack on the new ground that “in­sti­tu­tions are un­der pres­sure.”

“The charge comes from none other than those who have a his­tory of hav­ing sub­verted in­sti­tu­tions all their lives. Il­lus­tra­tively lit­tle did the au­thors of the PMLAS harsh pro­vi­sions re­alise that the pro­vi­sions could haunt the au­thors them­selves,” warned Jaitley.

He charged Rahul of mis­lead­ing the pub­lic through fab­ri­cated lies re­gard­ing in­sti­tu­tions of Par­lia­ment, ju­di­ciary, elec­tion com­mis­sion, Re­serve Bank of In­dia (RBI), Armed forces, Cen­tral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (CBI) and on is­sues like cor­rup­tion, GST, Rafale, and EVMS.

Count­ing the ex­am­ples of “false­hood”, Jaitley said, “The glar­ing ex­am­ples in this re­gard are the false­hood with re­gard to Judge Loya’s death, the Rafale is­sue, the fake voter list scam in Mad­hya Pradesh and the Vya­pam case. In each of the cases, the facts stated were found to be false.”

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