Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who announced the National Monetisation Pipeline on Monday, hit back at Congress’s Rahul Gandhi today for his criticism over it. “Does he (Rahul Gandhi) understand what monetisation is? It was Congress that sold the country’s resources and made kickbacks in it,” Ms Sitharaman was quoted as saying by news agency Press Trust of India.
Mr Gandhi had spearheaded the Congress attack on the government over the monetisation plan, saying it helped Prime Minister Narendra Modi “sell the country’s crown jewels, built over 70 years with public money, to his industrialist friends”.
The Congress also pointed to the BJP charge that since Independence, the Congress has brought no development. The privatisation list is of assets built by successive Congress governments, which the BJP is now selling it to cover up their mismanagement of the economy, the party said.
Yesterday, Ms Sitharaman’s cabinet colleague, Union minister Smiriti Irani, also ripped into the Congress and Mr Gandhi.
“In 70 years of Independence, the district the MP led (Amethi) did not even get a district hospital,” said Ms Irani, who dislodged Mr Gandhi from family turf Amethi in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. “Their problem is that 6 lakh crore rupees will come from this disinvestment. That’s why they are having trouble,” she added.