Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram addressed Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday about her summing up of the centre’s achievements, saying that if the Modi government is holding up in some areas, it is because it stands on the shoulders of its predecessor UPA.
Mr Chidambaram refuted Ms Sitharaman’s comments in an article on the achievements of the Modi government over the past nine years.
“The Honorable Finance Minister has written an article on the achievements of the Modi government. Many examples she has cited are true, as they are for ANY government that has ruled for 5 or 10 years,” the former finance minister said on Twitter. .
The finance minister has cited five examples of the opposition taking the government to court and losing the case, Mr Chidambaram noted.
“She is wrong at least on three counts: the SC had declared triple talaq illegal even before parliament passed a law. The Article 370 case has not yet been heard by the Court. Numerous cases under the GST laws are pending,” Mr Chidambaram argued in his lengthy Twitter post.
The finance minister claims that India has achieved top positions in the production of milk, honey, fruits and vegetables. He pointed out, adding that these ranks were achieved years ago and “we keep those ranks.”
“The Hon’ble FM claims credit for Direct Benefit Transfer. It forgets that Aadhaar was conceived, created and rolled out by the UPA government and the first transfers under DBT were made by the UPA government,” said Mr. Chidambaram.
The finance minister brags about the 11.72 crore toilets that have been built. She should read her own government’s reports about how many of them are unused and unusable because they don’t have water, the senior congressional leader said.
“Any government will have successes to its credit, just like the Modi government. If the Modi government holds up in some areas, it will be because it stands on the shoulders of the UPA government,” said Chidambaram.
In an article in The Indian Express, Ms Sitharaman also criticized the opposition, saying that her role in parliament had unfortunately been diminished.
“It was more to disrupt and delay by petitioning the courts than to debate and discuss in the House. More than 15 cases, including on the GST, Article 370, vaccination, triple talaq, Central Vista , were only strongly argued for them to lose in every one of them,’ she had said.
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