Editorial: War of words

The ruling BJP and the opposition Congress have apparently intensified the ever-existing war of words between them.

  • Taking a dig at the government, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has alleged that selling public sector banks to ‘cronies’ will compromise the country’s financial security. He also accused the government of privatising profit and nationalising loss.

“Government of India (GOI) is privatising profit and nationalising loss. Selling PSBs to Modicronies gravely compromises India’s financial security” Rahul tweeted.

The Congress MP also expressed solidarity with the protesting bank employees, who are on a two-day strike against alleged privatisation of public sector banks. “I stand in solidarity with the striking bank employees,” he stated.

Hitting out at Rahul Gandhi, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman accused the Congress-led UPA regime of nationalising corruption and privatising taxpayers’ money for the benefit of ‘one family’. She was responding to Rahul, who had alleged that the government was privatising profit and nationalising loss.

Responding to a question in this regard during a press conference, Nirmala Sitharaman said Gandhi has ‘probably outsourced’ his comments to a hardcore communist. “I would want him to engage in serious discussions, rather than throw these kinds of two liners every now and then,” she said.

The senior BJP leader advised Rahul that he should do some more intense homework before speaking. The opposition and ruling dispensations, without just exchanging charges and countercharges, should involve themselves in constructive politics.


NT Bureau