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Sitharaman hits out at RaGa, says he is becoming a “doomsday man” for India

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: Giving it back to Opposition party leader Rahul Gandhi for his Thursday speech where he ditched budget but talked about farm laws, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday said “he is probably becoming a doomsday man for India.”

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Her remark came during the general discussion on Budget in Lok Sabha, where she alleged that the former Congress chief was “creating fake narratives but does not have patience to listen to replies on allegations levelled against the government.”

“We need to recognise these two tendencies of the Congress party… this makes it clear that their belief in a democratically elected Parliamentary system is completely finished,” Ms Sitharaman said.

The Finance Minister further said that though Rahul Gandhi laid the “foundation” but did not speak about the Budget during the discussion on it. The BJP leader also said that she wanted Rahul Gandhi to speak on 10 issues but was disappointed as the Congress leader made no mention of them.

“I wanted to know from the Congress why it took a U-turn on the farm laws but no reply came,” Sitharaman said, adding that Rahul Gandhi did not tell the House why Congress governments in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh did not waive farm loans promised in their manifesto. She further said Rahul Gandhi did not talk about the farmers issue in Punjab where Congress is in power and the steps being taken by the government with regard to stubble burning.

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Also that, the former Congress chief also did not refer to any clause in three farm bills which was against the farmers, she said.

Hitting back on Rahul’s “Hum Doh and Hamare Doh” remark, Ms Sitharaman said that she expected Rahul Gandhi to return the land which “Damad-ji (son-in-law) had taken from farmers at pittance”.

The senior leader also called out Rahul Gandhi for not saying anything about the statement of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who had advocated reform of the Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC).

She also accused Rahul Gandhi of “insulting constitutional authorities” as she recalled an incidence when the Congress leader had tore an ordinance brought into effect by his own government led by the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

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