Of late, Congress president Rahul Gandhi has developed the habit of quoting or rather misquoting, some fairy tale concoctions of his own in his speeches with absolutely no evidence, facts or statistics to back them up. More often than not, it turns out that the Congress President had made false and naive allegations against the central government. One can only imply that either he has a personality disorder or his strategy is to create a web of lies and concocted facts in order to bring down the Modi government. In a Facebook blog post that must have left the Congress red faced, Finance minister Arun Jaitley has brought to light five such instances where Rahul Gandhi has forcefully pursued a false narrative in an attempt to convince himself and mislead the nation into believing these concoctions to be true. The most obvious of them all is Rahul Gandhi’s diatribes against the Rafale deal.
Rahul Gandhi has been constantly alleging that due to Modi government’s intervention Anil Ambani led Reliance group is bound to get an advantage ranging from Rs. 38,000 Crore to Rs. 1,30,000 Crore from the Rafale deal. Rahul Gandhi has further claimed that the air crafts that were to be manufactured by the HAL will now be manufactured by a private entity. As opposed to this, the reality is that none of the air crafts are going to be manufactured in India. French manufacturer Dassault will supply all 36 air crafts along with weapons in a fully flyable and usable form to India. After the supplies are made, Dassault has to make purchases worth 50% of the total deal in India to fulfill the points which come under the policy of Make in India. These purchases are not to be made by any single business entity but by over 120 offset suppliers of which the Anil Ambani led Reliance Group is one. Dassault has stated that only 3% of offset may come to the said business house which is less than Rs. 1000 crores. This shows how Rahul Gandhi has been manipulating and twisting facts entirely at will in order to make political gains.
Another issue on which Rahul Gandhi has been trying to corner the Modi government is the NPAs. The Congress president has been repeatedly claiming that the Modi government is waiving the loans doled out to big business houses. He deliberately labels NPA accounts as loan waivers. Contrary to his allegations, not a single Rupee has been waived. The promoters of the defaulting companies have been thrown out under the IBC and the banks are now recovering their dues through the process of NCLT. The Modi government has developed a suitable legislative framework in order to take care of the bad loans issue. It is also important to note here that most of the NPAs were given by the banks during the UPA period, a fact which Rahul Gandhi either has not learnt or chooses to hide.
Then, Jaitley mocked Rahul Gandhi about his ‘made in’ speeches. The finance minister stated that Rahul Gandhi had been arguing why mobile phones cannot be manufactured in India. Then, Arun Jaitley had corrected him by telling that when UPA went out of power there were only two mobile manufacturing units in India. Today, there are 120 such units where mobiles are now being manufactured in India. Then again in rallies, Rahul Gandhi used to ask the audience why footwear are not being manufactured in the district. However, Rahul Gandhi is not aware that India has become the second largest manufacturer in the footwear industry and exports footwear worth Rs.20,000 crores every year.
Another lie that Rahul Gandhi has been shamelessly spreading is that GST is flawed and needs to be changed. Whereas, the fact remains that with the implementation of GST, the country has become a single market, all check points have been abolished, inspectors have disappeared and like Income-tax, the returns are now filed online and most assessments are done online. The cascading effect of indirect taxes in the pre-GST era have been done away with. The combined effect of 31% tax (Exicse+VAT+CST) on 334 commodities before the GST was implement has now been reduced to 18% and 12% in relation to those commodities. Rahul Gandhi and the entire Congress ecosystem has been trying to label GST as a failure with absolutely no evidence of any shortcomings or lapses in its implementation.
Finally, Arun Jaitley exposed how Rahul Gandhi lied about him while speaking at two different functions in Madhya Pradesh. Rahul Gandhi claimed that Vijay Mallya had met Jaitley in the Parliament and had disclosed his intention of fleeing from India. However, the finance minister has made it clear that Mallya had chased Jaitley in the corridor to discuss his case. However, all that Jaitley did was tell him coldly to discuss it with the bankers. Rahul Gandhi has also claimed that Nirav Modi had also met Jaitley but has failed to back his claim with any evidence. This is purely a figment of Rahul Gandhi’s imagination as is clearly stated in the Facebook post by Arun Jaitley.
It is clear that either the Congress strategy is to bring down the Modi government by speaking half truths and propagating falsehoods or Rahul Gandhi is suffering from hallucinations. By doing all this, he is only damaging whatever little reputation or political popularity he still enjoys thanks to his Nehru-Gandhi legacy and the post of Congress president.