Deciding to lock horns with Union minister Arun Jaitley, Congress slammed him for writing “wasteful blogs” and termed it as an exercise in wanting to find “lost political relevance by churning unadulterated lies”.
"Has the BJP and Jaitley become 'agenda-less', 'achievement-less' and 'argument-less'," questioned Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala, and added that people were fed up with "Modi-nomics and Jaitley-nomics".
"Minister without a portfolio is desperately trying to ‘outwit his juniors' who have surpassed ahead to ‘impress the Badshah (Modi)' by weaving blatant lies and falsehood," stated Surjewala.
Terming Jaitley’s post as a “hollow, rhetorical, unadulterated falsehood and plain distortion of facts" in his Facebook post, Surjewala said: "'Myopic memory, 'selective amnesia' and 'weaving lies' have become the characteristic style of Modi Government's 'minister without a portfolio', Arun Jaitley."
Earlier on Wednesday, Jaitley, in a blog post on Facebook, had stated, “In dynastic parties political positions are heritable. Unfortunately, wisdom is not heritable. It has to be acquired through learning.”
“The leader’s ill-informed instincts become the ideology. This can only happen to a party which becomes ideologyless; pushes itself to the fringe; is willing to act as a tailender to regional parties. All this because its only obsession is a person called Narendra Modi,” Jaitley had written in the post titled ‘Is Congress Becoming Ideology less? Is Anti-Modism its only ideology?’
Claiming that the UPA government had lent money through banks to 15 big loan defaulters between 2008 and 2014, Jaitley stated that Rahul prefers the “Gobbelian traditions to say the exact opposite”.
“For a president of a national party not to understand this basic procedure of bank functioning should be a matter of concern to the entire party as also the country,” stated Jaitley.
Surjewala said the RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s statements on abolishing reservation had exposed the mindset of the ruling party, while the BJP disbanded the National Commission for Backward Classes, and has brought a “half-baked, ill-conceived legislation”. “Over four years of the Govt have lapsed, yet the NCBC has remained a non-starter,” he said
Jaitley said that the Congress had suddenly found love for the Other Backward Classes (OBCs) whereas it had always been anti-OBC and had opportunistically supported reservation for the non-backwards.
However, Surjewala sought to remind him that the BJP has opposed the Mandal Commission Report on the pretext that "it would deepen the social divide between various communities" but it was the Congress which implemented it.
He also said that RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's statements on abolishing reservation had exposed the mindset of the ruling party, while the BJP disbanded the National Commission for Backward Classes, and has brought a "half-baked, ill-conceived legislation". "Over four years of the Govt have lapsed, yet the NCBC has remained a non-starter," he said.
Surjewala termed Jaitley as the “Finance Minister in India’s history”. “He has pushed a resilient India into an unprecedented financial gloom. NDA, under Jaitley has become the biggest NPA for the country,” quipped Surjewala.
Retorting to Surjewala’s comments on Thursday, Arun Jaitley, on Facebook, claims that India’s journey to becoming the world’s fastest growing economy could not have been due to mismanagement.