Railway minister hits back with ‘kaamdaar not naamdaar’ jibe
New Delhi: War of words between Congress president Rahul Gandhi and railway minister Piyush Goyal intensified on Tuesday with the former demanding the Union minister’s resignation over allegations of his involvement in a `48 crore scam and the latter hitting back to say that he, unlike the Opposition leader, was a “kaamdaar” not a “naamdaar”.
Attacking Mr Goyal, the Congress president tweeted, “Piyush Goyal’s Rs 48 crore Flashnet Scam is about deceit, conflict of interest and greed. The evidence is on the table. Yet, the media will not touch the story. It is a tragedy for our country when journalists entrusted to stand for the truth, will not speak.” He used the hashtag #GoyalMustResign.
Mr Gandhi used a picture along with his tweet, alleging that Mr Goyal had sold his stock of Flashnet Info Solu-tions to Piramal group, which has interests in the power sector at 1,000 times the face value.
He alleged that this happened when Mr Goyal was the minister of state for power.
Reacting to Mr Gandhi’s tweet, Mr Goyal tweeted back, “Till May 26, 2014, before I became a minister, I was a professional chartered accountant and investment banker. Unlike you, Mr @RahulGandhi, I have not learnt well the art of living without working. I am also a kaamdaar (worker) and not a naamdaar (dynast).”
He further added, “I am a law topper, CA 2nd rank all over India, professional chartered accountant & investment banker and therefore, competent to give consultancy. BTW Mr @PChidambaram_IN who are the consultants in your son @KartiPC’s consultancy?”
The Congress has been demanding the resignation of Mr Goyal over the issue. Responding to Mr Goyal’s tweet, Congress spokesperson Sushmita Dev demanded that PM Narendra Modi should come clean on the issue.