‘ Rahul is a failed stu­dent, jeal­ous of top­per Modi’

Jait­ley slams Gandhi for fake cam­paigns

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Call­ing Con­gress pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi a “failed stu­dent” whose speeches in Par­lia­ment, in­clud­ing on the Rafale deal, have “col­lege- level lumpeni­sa­tion in con­tent”. se­nior BJP leader and Union min­is­ter Arun Jait­ley ac­cused the Op­po­si­tion party on Sun­day of launch­ing fake cam­paigns. He said a “new emerg­ing breed of in­sti­tu­tion pro­tec­tors” has emerged, which crit­i­cise the govern­ment the most and si­mul­ta­ne­ously ar­gue that free speech is in dan­ger and shed “crocodile tears for democ­racy” and make ev­ery ef­fort to con­vert the world’s largest democ­racy into a dy­nas­tic one.

“The past two months have wit­nessed sev­eral fake cam­paigns. Each one of them has failed to cut much ice. False­hood

doesn’t have longevity. The ‘ com­pul­sive con­trar­i­ans’ con­tin­ued to jump from one false­hood to another. The Rafale deal not only strength­ens the com­bat abil­ity of the In­dian Air Force but saved thou­sands of crores for the ex­che­quer. When its false­hood col­lapsed, a half doc­u­ment was pro­duced to per­pet­u­ate the false­hood. Lit­tle did the cre­ators of this false­hood re­alise that the cost of pro­duc­ing half a doc­u­ment is the loss of full cred­i­bil­ity,” Mr Jait­ley wrote on his Face­book page.

Mr Jait­ley fur­ther said his­tory will record that Pan­dit Jawa­har­lal ■

■ Con­tin­ued from Page 1 Nehru’s great- grand­son has “sin­gu­larly dam­aged” In­dia’s Par­lia­ment as an in­sti­tu­tion more than any­one else, with the Con­gress at­tempt­ing to dis­rupt both Houses, and cited ex­am­ples of how the Op­po­si­tion party had at­tacked and in­ter­ferred in the ju­di­ciary, the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion, the armed forces, the RBI and the CBI. “If we an­a­lyse Rahul Gandhi’s two speeches on Rafale, they are based on a per­sonal ha­tred for the Prime Min­is­ter em­a­nat­ing from envy. A failed stu­dent al­ways hates the class top­per. Ad­di­tion­ally, the con­text of the speeches points more to col­lege- level lumpeni­sa­tion in con­tent,” said the se­nior BJP leader, while prais­ing two MPs of Op­po­si­tion par­ties, BJD’s Bhartruhari Mahtab and RSP’s N. K. Premachan­dran, for fill­ing up the “in­tel­lec­tual vac­uum” lrft by the Con­gress in Par­lia­ment.

Lash­ing out at the Con­gress over its “self- con­tra­dic­tory” stand on mul­ti­ple is­sues, Mr Jait­ley said while it slaugh­ters a cow be­fore the cam­eras in Ker­ala, it in­vokes the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Act against cow killers in Mad­hya Pradesh, and la­belled the op­po­si­tion as “in­sti­tu­tion pro­tec­tors” who sup­port the le­git­imis­ing of il­le­gal in­fil­tra­tors into In­dia and aligned with Maoists in the re­cent Ch­hat­tis­garh elec­tions.

“Rahul Gandhi stood shoul­der to shoul­der with the ‘ Tukde Tukde’ gang at Jawa­har­lal Nehru Uni­ver­sity. The Con­gress was in the fore­front of de­fend­ing the ‘ ur­ban Nax­als’ in court. And yet it claims to be a friend of both the idea of In­dia and its in­sti­tu­tions. It is about time In­dia and its in­sti­tu­tions are pro­tected from these ‘ in­sti­tu­tion wreck­ers’,” the Union min­is­ter noted.

Ac­cus­ing the Con­gress of or­gan­is­ing the loot of banks be­tween 2008- 2014, Mr Jait­ley said the party was now al­leg­ing in­dus­trial loans had been waived. He said the govern­ment had con­sis­tently main­tained an arm’s length dis­tance with the EC and the at­tack on EVMs was not merely to al­lay de­feat, it was an at­tack on the EC. He also said it was the Op­po­si­tion which first ques­tioned the ex­is­tence of the sur­gi­cal strike and then played it down as a rou­tine ac­tion which had also taken place in the past.

On the RBI, Mr Jait­ley said Con­gress gov­ern­ments in the past had been lib­eral in ask­ing gov­er­nors of the coun­try’s cen­tral bank to step down.

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