New Delhi: Union Finance Minister Jaitley on Saturday accused the Opposition of manufacturing fake issues regarding Rafale deal, Nirav Modi, Balakot airstrike among several others.

Mocking Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Jaitley went on to say that if these “fake issues” were removed from the leader’s speech, nothing would perhaps be left.

Hitting out at the Congress in his ‘Agenda-2019’ blog, Jaitley said, “If fake issues are taken out of Rahul Gandhi’s speech, nothing will perhaps be left. The Opposition is in a pathetic state. It has to manufacture fake issues against the Government since the real ones don’t exist. The Opposition underestimates the wisdom of the electorate. I am confident that the electorate will respond to India’s Opposition parties and show them their place.”

Stating that the Opposition had no real issue against the Government, Jaitley further said that this actually proved Modi government’s exemplary performance for the last five years. “It is a Government with a leader with whom the comfort level of the voter is high. The Opposition is in a state of panic. Its single point programme is a negative one – ‘remove one man’,” said the Finance Minister.

Jaitley added that apart from raising fake issues, the Opposition parties created an echo effect and then believed their falsehood to be true. From clearing the air over the Pulwama terror attack and Indian Air Force (IAF) airstrikes to the imminent danger posed to government institutions by the Centre, Jaitley gave a point-by-point negation of all the issues for which the Opposition has been pointing fingers at the Centre.

Speaking on the allegations that the Government was politicising the airstrikes in Balakot, the Finance Minister said, “Our security forces liquidated the terrorists within days. On receiving information that a very large terrorist camp was being operated at Balakot in Pakistan, the Prime Minister directed the Indian Air Force to strike at the camp. The Indian Air Force did a commendable job.”

Coming to the Rafale jet deal, he said both the Supreme Court and the Comptroller Auditor General (CAG) had cleared the deal. “All procedures have been followed and not one rupee favour has been shown by the Government to any domestic industrialist. Rafale is not to be manufactured in India at all. The Supreme Court has already examined and cleared this aspect,” he said.

Jaitley also dismissed the allegations that EVM machines were being tampered, ahead of the Lok Sabha elections 2019.

“In the last two and a half decades, dozens of elections have been held where parties have either won or lost. This is nothing wrong with the machines. There is a problem with the political losers. It is the same machine with which the Congress party won the recent Assembly elections,” he said.