Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who is in the US for medical treatment, has slammed the Congress in a veiled attack on its chief Rahul Gandhi.
Jaitley left for the US on Tuesday, which set off speculation that he may be unable to present the interim budget on February 1, the government’s last bid to have its expenses cleared as it seeks re-election in the national election due by May.
“The Compulsive Contrarians had no qualms about manufacturing falsehood. They could concoct arguments even if they went against the general interest of the country. They could masquerade corruption as crusade. They could adopt double standards whenever it suited them,” Jaitley wrote in a blog on Thursday.
Rahul Gandhi had tweeted a day earlier that he was “upset” to hear about Mr Jaitley’s health and wished him speedy recovery.
Jaitley, in his blog post meanwhile, went on to list “examples” like “the Justice BH Loya case, the Rafale case, the CBI issue, on judges and the RBI debate”.
“Every fact alleged in the public space by the Compulsive Contrarians was manufactured,” Jaitley said on opposition allegations involving Judge BH Loya, who was hearing the Sohrabuddin encounter killing case when he died of a cardiac arrest in 2014. BJP president Amit Shah, an accused in the killing, was discharged in the case.
“The Judge died a natural death due to a cardiac stroke…No outsiders had any contact, and yet on friendly websites, social media campaigns, fake PILs, wild insinuations were made. The cause of the death was sought to be altered into a conspiracy for murder,” said the minister.
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On the Rafale jet deal, Jaitley wrote: “Though the Court verdict should have been final, the Contrarians did not stop. They again raised it in Parliament. They conclusively lost the debate in the Parliament and yet the falsehood has not stopped.”
He said PM Modi “should be credited with saving thousands of crores of the country” with this deal.