New Delhi, Feb 10: Fresh from overseas stay after medical treatment, Union Minister and BJP leader Arun Jaitley on Sunday targeted Congress President Rahul Gandhi describing him as a "failed student" who seems to hate the class topper Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
"A failed student always hates the class topper," Mr Jaitley, who could not present the last Budget of the Modi government on February 1, wrote in a blog.
Mr Jaitley, himself acknowledged as a good debater, lauded two opposition MPs in Lok Sabha -
Bhartruhari Mahtab of the BJD and N K Premachandran of the RSP to "fill up the intellectual vacuum" that the Congress has created.
“If we analyse Rahul Gandhi’s two speeches on Rafale, they are based on a personal hatred for the Prime Minister emanating from envy," he also tweeted the comment and further wrote - "Additionally, the context of the speeches points more to college-level lumpenisation in content".
"History will record that Pt Jawaharlal Nehru’s great grandson has singularly damaged India’s Parliament as an institution more than anyone else. Attempts are made at 11.00 AM every morning by the Congress Party to disrupt both Houses. The Rajya Sabha once known for the quality of its debates has become non-functional," he wrote.
On the low quality of debate, he said: "It has been left to two opposition members namely Bhartruhari Mahtab of the BJD and N.K. Premachandran of the RSP to fill up the intellectual vacuum that the Congress has created".
Lashing out at what he says - the ‘compulsive contrarians’, he said the opposition parties and Congress continued to "jump from one falsehood to another".
The Rafale deal not only strengthens the combat ability of the Indian Air Force but saved thousands of crores for the exchequer. When its falsehood collapsed, a half document was produced to perpetuate the falsehood. Little did the creators of this falsehood realise that the cost of producing half a document is loss of full credibility," he said in reference to a much talked about news report carried out in a leading English daily.
The newspaper had 'omitted' the then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar's noting on the file and tried to give an impression that the Defence Ministry had opposed PMO's "interference" on Rafale aircraft deal negotiations.
The government on Friday had rubbished the media reports that claimed that there were strong differences between the Defence Ministry and the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) on Rafale aircraft deal and asserted that the then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had himself dismissed about such a possibility.
"The then Defence Minister did not find merits in the noting from the bureaucrat that discussions by PMO on Rafale had weakened negotiating positions. Mr Parrikar had himself noted that such apprehension by the Deputy Secretary (Air) S K Sharma was 'over reaction'," a government source said after the issue figured prominently in Parliament.
Sources said in response to the noting from the Deputy Secretary, the then Defence Minister had also responded "It appears PMO and French President office are monitoring the progress of the issue which was an outcome of the summit meeting. Para 5 (where the bureaucrat talks about parallel negotiations) appears to be an over reaction". (UNI)