‘Pro­tect In­dia from in­sti­tu­tion wreck­ers’

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTNATION - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

NEW DELHI: Union min­is­ter Arun Jait­ley on Sun­day ques­tioned the Con­gress’s al­le­ga­tions about ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in pur­chase of the Rafale air­craft and the Cen­tre’s in­ter­fer­ence with the Cen­tral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (CBI)’S func­tion­ing. He said over the last two months there have been sev­eral “fake cam­paigns”. Jait­ley added that it was about time that In­dia and its in­sti­tu­tions are pro­tected from these “in­sti­tu­tion wreck­ers”.

In a Face­book ti­tled In­sti­tu­tions Un­der At­tack – The Lat­est Fab­ri­ca­tion, Jait­ley, who re­turned from the US af­ter med­i­cal treat­ment on Satur­day, cited Con­gress pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi’s two speeches on Rafale and added they were based “on a per­sonal ha­tred” for Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi “em­a­nat­ing from envy”. The con­text of the speeches points more to “col­legelevel lumpeni­sa­tion in con­tent”, he said. “A failed stu­dent al­ways hates the class top­per,” he wrote.

He said the Rafale deal not only strength­ens the In­dian Air

Force’s com­bat abil­ity but saved thou­sands of crores for the ex­che­quer. “When its false­hood col­lapsed, its cre­ators by pro­duc­ing half a doc­u­ment lost their full cred­i­bil­ity. They for­got that truth al­ways pre­vails,” he said.

Jait­ley in­sisted the govern­ment does not in­ter­fere in any in­ves­tiga­tive func­tion of CBI or any other in­ves­tiga­tive agency.

He said restor­ing the cred­i­bil­ity of an in­ves­tiga­tive agency is strength­en­ing the in­sti­tu­tion and not as­sault­ing it. Jait­ley said the Con­gress gov­ern­ments have in the past been lib­eral in ask­ing Re­serve Bank of In­dia (RBI) gov­er­nors to quit. The govern­ment le­git­i­mately flags the is­sues re­lat­ing to liq­uid­ity and credit avail­abil­ity with the RBI, Jait­ley said.

“There are two crit­i­cal fea­tures of these new emerg­ing breed of in­sti­tu­tion pro­tec­tors. They crit­i­cise the govern­ment the max­i­mum and si­mul­ta­ne­ously ar­gue that the free speech is in dan­ger,’’ Jait­ley said.

He ac­cused the Con­gress of or­gan­is­ing loot on the banks be­tween 2008-2014 and added it is now al­leg­ing that in­dus­trial loans had been waived. “Not a sin­gle ru­pee was waived. On the con­trary, the de­fault­ers have been thrown out of man­age­ment and Con­gress’s false­hood was ex­posed,” he said.

Jait­ley said the Op­po­si­tion’s at­tack on the Elec­tronic Vot­ing Ma­chines is not merely to al­lay de­feat, it is an at­tack on the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion.

He said it is the Op­po­si­tion which ques­tioned first the ex­is­tence of the sur­gi­cal strike and then played it down as a rou­tine ac­tion which has also taken place in the past. Jait­ley said each one of the “fake cam­paigns” failed to cut much ice. “False­hood doesn’t have longevity. The ‘com­pul­sive con­trar­i­ans’ con­tin­ued to jump from one false­hood to another,” he said.

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