Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today hit out at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi saying he is becoming a “doomsday man” for India by constantly insulting constitutional functionaries and “creating fake narratives” on various issues.
Replying to the general discussion on Budget in Lok Sabha, she said the former Congress chief was “creating fake narratives but does not have patience to listen to replies on allegations levelled against the government.”
“We need to recognise these two tendencies of the Congress party… this makes it clear that their belief in a democratically elected Parliamentary system is completely finished,” Ms Sitharaman said.
Responding to Rahul Gandhi’s speech on Thursday, during which he talked about farm laws but declined to speak on the Budget, she said, “he is probably becoming a doomsday man for India.”
The Finance Minister further said that Rahul Gandhi laid the “foundation” but did not speak about the Budget during the discussion on it.
Ms Sitharaman said she wanted Rahul Gandhi to speak on 10 issues but was disappointed as the Congress leader made no mention of them.
“I wanted to know from the Congress why it took a U-turn on the farm laws but no reply came,” she said, adding that Rahul Gandhi did not tell the House why Congress governments in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh did not waive farm loans promised in their manifesto.
Ms Sitharaman further said Rahul Gandhi did not talk about the farmers issue in Punjab where Congress is in power and the steps being taken by the government with regard to stubble burning.
Rahul Gandhi also did not refer to any clause in three farm bills which was against the farmers, she said.
Congress party is only concerned about “Hum Doh and Hamare Doh”, Ms Sitharaman said, adding that she expected Rahul Gandhi to return the land which “Damad-ji (son-in-law) had taken from farmers at pittance”.
Also, she added, Rahul Gandhi did not say anything about the statement of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who had advocated reform of the Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC).
She also slammed Rahul Gandhi for “insulting constitutional authorities” recalling the incidence when the Congress leader tore an ordinance brought into effect by its own government led by the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Regretting that the Congress has joined the “break India fringe group” and continuously creating “false narrative to demean India,” she said.