New Delhi, June 14: Union Minister Arun Jaitley and the Congress were involved in a verbal slugfest on Thursday after the former questioned the latter’s “ideology” and Rahul Gandhi’s “wisdom” yesterday.
Jaitley said that abuse is not the answer in political discourse and the opposition party accused the government of “economic mismanagement”.
The barbs flew thick and fast as Jaitley, who attacked Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday saying that wisdom has to be acquired through learning and cannot be inherited, telling Congress communications in charge Randeep Surjewala that he should respond on facts.
Surjewala accused the Union minister of “economic mismanagement” in the country after Jaitley claimed that India had emerged as the fastest growing economy from being among ‘fragile five’ during the UPA rule.
To this, Surjewala hit back saying that exports are in a free fall, and that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s promise of two crore jobs was a ‘jumla’. He also claimed that NPAs had soared to Rs 10 lakh crore and “loots and scams a norm under this government.
“This is a political discourse. Abuse is not the answer. Please respond to the facts,” Jaitley told Surjewala on Twitter, a response to yesterday’s attack in which the Congress leader said the union minister was writing “hollow and wasteful” blogs to regain political relevance.
“When you abuse and berate the Congress leadership, even Supreme Court and many others by distorting facts, it is ‘political discourse’ for you, but when you are shown the ‘mirror of truth’ with hard facts, you get ‘unnerved’ and call it ‘abuse’? Politics of Convenience?” Surjewala asked on Thursday in response to Jaitley’s comments on the Congress chief.
Jaitley hit back, saying, “… surely the journey from India being part of the ‘fragile five’ and ‘policy paralysis’ to the world’s fastest growing economy could not be result of economic mismanagement – Another case of ignorance.”
Surjewala responded by saying that growth under Modi government was at a four-year low.
“Exports are in free fall, promise of 2 crore jobs is a ‘Jumla’, NPA’s are soaring to Rs 10 lakh crore, investment is down, banks are paralysed and ‘loot scams’ a norm, GST flawed, schemes failing! Isn’t this Economic Mismanagement?.”
Jaitley had started the verbal duel by taking a jibe at Gandhi for his “anti-Narendra Modi tirade” on Wednesday.
“In dynastic parties political positions are heritable. Unfortunately wisdom is not heritable. It has to be acquired through learning,” he said in a post titled “Is Congress Becoming Ideology-less? Is Anti-Modism its only ideology?,” he had said on his Facebook page.
(With PTI inputs)