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Rahul became a victim of his own falsehood: Jaitley

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New Delhi: Speaking about Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s false statement over Supreme Court’s order on Rafale deal, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that Rahul Gandhi became a victim of his own falsehood.

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“The fake issues evaporated and now strike no chord with the electorate. Having to apologise to the Supreme Court for false public narrative significantly diminishes the credibility of a political leader. Rahul became a victim of his own falsehood,” Jaitley said.

He said that in most of the states where elections are to be held in the coming rounds, it is a direct contest between the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the opposition party “is in no position to effectively take on the regional parties or the BJP”.

“Therefore, the only issue in the future rounds is the width of the margin of victory of the BJP. Will it be a repeat of 2014 in terms of votes, or will it be more? A euphoric reaction at the ground suggests a mandate larger than 2014. A 65 per cent to 70 per cent approval rating for an incumbent Prime Minister is unprecedented in India. It is reflecting in the groundswell,” Jaitley said.

He said the Congress has announced 424 seats, though the proposed grand alliance at the national level died before it was born.

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Jaitley said that Congress President Rahul Gandhi, in the last one year, built up “a fake narrative” on Rafale and loan waiver to business houses, which was contrary to the truth.

The BJP leader said that the “desperation reached a peak” when Gandhi, “without realizing that Arvind Kejriwal was playing games with him”, offered him four seats contrary to the advice of the party’s state unit and “displayed the desperation of a loser”.

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