Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday launched a scathing attack on Congress President Rahul Gandhi and asked if anti-Modism is the only ideology of the grand-old-party.Jaitley’s remark came a day after Rahul Gandhi said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not keep his assurance of providing jobs to two crore youth in a year.Addressing a convention of OBC workers of the Congress, Gandhi sought to emphasise the point that the Modi government ignored skills and talent and did not provide the right opportunities to backward classes with entrepreneurial drive. On Tuesday, Gandhi said that the BJP-led government did not provide jobs to two crore youth in a year as was promised by Modi in the run-up to the 2014 general elections, and observed that China has been providing jobs to 50,000 youth per 24 hours.Jaitley, however, reacting to that in a Facebook post said, “There is no ideological pattern in a statement made by the Congress chief and ignorance with anti-Modism is a common thread.””Dynastic political parties are family and personality dominated. Ideology takes a back seat. You can oppose the OBC when it suits you. You can shed crocodile tears for them when the opportunism so requires. You can run down jobs created by frying pakodas. You can quantify on the virtues of running a dhaba. 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 said in a Facebook post.Stating that what Gandhi said while addressing a convention of OBC workers was incorrect, Jaitley added, “The larger point is that he saw virtues in these professions which can act as a launch pad for many start-ups. The great-grandson of the man who authored “The Discovery of India” could with his customary inaccuracies one day give to this country his monumental work on “The Rediscovery of Coca Cola ”. The Finance Minister also said that it is the NDA Government under Prime Minister Modi which realised the importance of millions of such self-employment opportunities for which in the year 2015 Mudra Yojana was launched.”Most of the beneficiaries took small loans, were prompt in their repayment, set up small enterprises and gave themselves, and perhaps one or two people more, an employment. The UPA never did so. I repeat that it was the UPA which during 2008-2014 indiscriminately lent money through banks to these fifteen big defaulters. The Congress Party President prefers the Gobbelian traditions to say the exact opposite. What he claimed before the audience is precisely what we have successfully implemented,” Jaitley said.Here is what Jaitley said in his Facebook post Why this sudden love for the Other Backward Classes?The OBCs deserted Congress Party in the early 1990s. The Congress was always anti-OBC. Late Shri Rajiv Gandhi made strong speech in Parliament against the Mandal Commission. Recently, the Congress Party opposed the grant of constitutional status to the National Commission for Backward Classes. They voted against the constitutional amendment in Parliament. It opportunistically supported reservation for the non-backwards. It impliedly wants to reduce the quota for the OBCs knowing fully well that the judiciary will not allow 50 percent on reservations to be waived and the new claimants would eat into the OBC quota.Rahul’s Other GemsInteracting with his interviewer in Singapore a few weeks ago, Rahul Gandhi left his audience stunned by suggesting if MRI machines in India were connected, this would lead to a Medical Revolution. How? Except breaching a patient’s privacy by sharing his details with other hospitals what would this achieve?He told an audience in Karnataka that his party believes that there should be only one GST rate as in Singapore. Singapore charges 7% GST on all food items, cheap clothing and footwear, medical and education spends as on luxury items – BMW cars, alcohol and five-star hotels. India has exempted most food items. Should we have same rate for food items, hawai chappals and BMW cars? Singapore, unlike India, has no BPL or lower income groups.On education, he believes we must have 200 IITs. The UPA never did so. It is the NDA which is now creating a network of IIT’s, IIM’s and AIIMS all over the country.In all the above statements, there is no ideological pattern. Ignorance with anti-Modism is a common thread.Dynastic political parties are family and personality dominated. Ideology takes a back seat. You can oppose the OBC when it suits you. You can shed crocodile tears for them when the opportunism so requires. You can run down jobs created by frying pakodas. You can quantify on the virtues of running a dhaba. 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.
<!–end of artlbotbor–>