New Delhi: Calling Congress president Rahul Gandhi a âfailed studentâ whose speeches in Parliament, including on the Rafale deal, have âcollege-level lumpenisation in contentâ. senior BJP leader and Union minister Arun Jaitley accused the Opposition party on Sunday of launching fake campaigns. He said a ânew emerging breed of institution protectorsâ has emerged, which criticise the government the most and simultaneously argue that free speech is in danger and shed âcrocodile tears for democracyâ and make every effort to convert the worldâs largest democracy into a dynastic one.
âThe past two months have witnessed several fake campaigns. Each one of them has failed to cut much ice. Falsehood doesnât have longevity. The âcompulsiveÂ Â contrariansâ continued to jump from one falsehood to another. The Rafale deal not only strengthens the combat ability of the Indian Air Force but saved thousandsÂ 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,â Mr Jaitley wrote on his Facebook page.
Mr Jaitley further said history will record that Pandit Jawaharlal Nehruâs great-grandson has âsingularly damagedâ Indiaâs 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. âIf we analyse Rahul Gandhiâs 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 theÂ speeches points more to college-level lumpenisation inÂ content,â said the senior BJP leader, while praising two MPs of Opposition parties, BJDâs Bhartruhari Mahtab and RSPâs N.K. Premachandran, for filling up the âintellectual vacuumâ lrft by the Congress in Parliament.
Lashing out at the Congress over its âself-contradictoryâ 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 âinstitution protectorsâ who support the legitimising of illegal infiltrators into India and aligned with Maoists in the recent Chhattisgarh elections.
âRahul Gandhi stood shoulder to shoulder with the âTukde Tukdeâ gang at Jawaharlal Nehru University. The Congress was in the forefront of defending the âurban Naxalsâ 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 âinstitution wreckersâ,â 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 armâs 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 countryâs central bank to step down.