With the national election barely months away, Union minister Arun Jaitley has launched an all-out attack on the Congress. From terming the Congress’ stand on multiple issues as “self-contradictory” to calling the party as “institution wreakers”, Mr Jaitley has shredded the charges and claims made by the grand-old party in his latest blog, the first since his return from the US where he was undergoing treatment.
The post opens with criticism of the “compulsive contrarians who continued to jump from one falsehood to another” in the last two months.
“The Rafale deal not only strengthens the combat ability of the Indian Air Force but saved thousands 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 loss of full credibility,” Mr Jailtley wrote.
The central minister also claimed that the two speeches Congress chief Rahul Gandhi made on the controversial Rafale deal were based on his personal hatred of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “A failed student always hates the class topper,” the minister said.
The blog, which is divided into sub-heads, rubbishes the opposition’s criticism of electronic voting machines and called it to be an attack on the Election Commission. All non-BJP parties have been alleging that the EVMs can be tampered with and demanding the use of ballot paper.
“The Government has consistently maintained an arm’s length distance with the Election Commission. The EVMs were introduced when BJP was nowhere close to power. Multiple parties have won and lost elections held through the EVMs. Without producing a shred of evidence, the EVM’s are being attacked. The campaign became farcical when a fraudulent press conference was held by an invisible man through video in London claiming to have knowledge of the alleged 2014 rigging.
Mr Jaitley also defended the centre’s decision to refer back one of the recommendations of the Supreme Court collegium for judicial appointments, saying that the Constitution allows the government to do so. “Regarding delay in implementing the recommendations, the last five years have seen more appointments each year than done in any of the UPA years,” he added.
The minister also claimed that the “ill-advised” press conference by four judges of the top court in January 2018 was the result of intra-court disputes rather than government interference.