Smriti Irani slams Rahul Gandhi over 'PM Modi selling India remark'
New Delhi : Union Minister Smriti Irani launched a blistering attack on Congress leader Rahul Gandhi over his remarks that accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of trying to sell India’s assets, built over the last 70 years.
"In 2008, an RFP with reference to the New Delhi railway station was announced when the Congress government was at the Centre. Is Rahul Gandhi alleging that the government headed by his mother was audacious enough to sell the country," Irani said to India TV.
Defending BJP's just-launched National Monetisation Pipeline (NMP), Mrs Irani questioned previous Congress government’s efforts to monetise different assets to wonder if the party was then trying to “sell” the country.
She said that the Congress leader is 'upset' that India will make Rs 6 lakh crore and he is now trying to tarnish the Centre’s image for working to fill state coffers transparently while keeping them secure from the “robbers” of the opposition party.
Noting that the government has made it clear that it will remain in ownership of all the assets proposed to be monetised, Irani cited a quote to take a swipe at Gandhi. “This man’s politics begins with hypocrisy, is sustained through arrogance and ends with contempt,” she said, adding the Congress leader today displayed all of it.
The coalition government, of which the Congress is a member, in Maharashtra had monetised the Mumbai-Pune Expressway for Rs 8,000 crore, she said, asking if Gandhi’s charge meant it had sold the asset.