Mounting an all-out offensive against the Congress and the UPA government, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday said the previous regime was “rudderless and leaderless” and Sonia Gandhi was acting as the “super prime minister”.
In her response to the debate on the white paper – comparing the economy under the Congress-led UPA from 2004 to 2014 and the BJP-led NDA since then – Ms Sitharaman also criticized Congress leader Rahul Gandhi over the incident of 2013 when he ‘ripped up’ an ordinance proposed by the Manmohan Singh government. The Finance Minister called him arrogant and called his act an insult to “his own Prime Minister.”
After speaking about the scams that took place under the UPA government and claiming that her government took the Indian economy out of the ‘fragile five’ category, the finance minister said the genesis of the problems and mismanagement during the previous government he resided in the leadership. affair.
Speaking in Hindi, he said: “Leadership was at the heart of the problem. Aimless and leaderless leadership was the focal point of the UPA’s mismanagement, its ghotaladriven (driven by scam) 10 years. Mrs. Sonia Gandhi was the Super Prime Minister as chairperson of the National Consultative Council (ANC), an extra-constitutional and irresponsible person.”
Sitharaman alleged that there was pressure on governance because Gandhi was given extra-constitutional authority as chairperson of the NAC, which was set up as an advisory council to the prime minister. She claimed that 710 files were sent to the NAC to obtain “permission” from the government. “It was an irresponsible and incontestable power… Why were 710 files sent to the NAC?” she asked.
Facing the opposition for his repeated accusations that the government does not respect institutions, the finance minister brought up the 2013 incident involving Rahul Gandhi.
“Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was abroad. Rahul Gandhi tore an ordinance and threw it at a press conference. Isn’t that an insult to his own prime minister? He was arrogant… he didn’t care about his own prime minister. Now they shout about institutions and lecture us,” he thundered.
Press conference 2013
After the Supreme Court ruled in 2013 that MPs and MPs sentenced to a minimum of two years would be immediately disqualified and would not have three months to appeal, as they had done until then, Manmohan Singh’s government proposed an ordinance to revoke the judgment.
Gandhi called the ordinance “complete nonsense” and told a press conference: “Personally, I think what the government is doing with the ordinance is wrong. It was a political decision, all parties do it and there is a time for stop doing it.” “This nonsense… If we really want to stop corruption, then we can’t make these commitments.”
He said the ordinance should be “teared up and thrown away” and then proceeded to tear up a piece of paper in front of the cameras.
Speaking in the Lok Sabha earlier on Friday, Congress leader in the House Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury termed the government’s white paper as a “barn of concoctions and a mountain of lies”, and said the document was nothing more than an “electoral manifesto”. .
“What is the use of abusing the family, Nehru, all of them on every issue? Please tell me… You abuse them in Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha, everywhere. What is the point? We need to introspect “, said. quoted by news agency PTI.