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31 Jan 2019

Smriti slams RaGa on Parrikar meet, says he is hallucinating

Smriti Irani tears into RaGa after Parrikar episode

In a stinging Facebook post, Union Textile Minister Smriti Irani tore into Congress President Rahul Gandhi on the claims he made after his recent meeting with Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.

Taking RaGa and his privileges head-on, Irani wrote the 'dynast' is a congenital liar who is hallucinating conversations that never happened.

She said he is 'India's first post-truth politician'.

In context

Smriti Irani tears into RaGa after Parrikar episode

History

Irani digs deep into history to attack RaGa

Making the blunders of Congress the basis of her attack, Irani wrote the party still defends issues like the regulated economy, the 1962 China war disaster, and Kashmir gaffe.

She added former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi signed corrupt defense deals but all Congress did was defend dynasty politics.

The party also downplays successful leadership of 'non-dynasts', like Lal Bahadur Shastri's, Irani wrote.

Liar

Current representative is a liar, writes Irani

Attacking RaGa, Irani said the current 'representative of the dynasty' is a liar.

She wrote his 'deep concerns' forced him to meet ailing Parrikar in Goa, but later he concocted a conversation.

Earlier, he 'spoke' to French President Emmanuel Macron about Rafale, used a pleasant exchange with Sushma Swaraj for political mileage and said Arun Jaitley 'told' him he knew little about J&K.

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"Does he have mindset of a college-level election contestant?"

"Does he have a mindset of a college-level election contestant or is he a congenital liar? Yet those who depend on dynasties for their survival find themselves looking the other way even when the above aberrations may well be psychiatric in character," she wrote.

Irani explained the beauty of democracy

Praising Modi

Irani explained the beauty of democracy

Irani went on to add it was unfortunate that those who defend dynasty politics kept a back-up ready if one member didn't deliver.

She wrote democracies flourish when people from humble backgrounds rise to the top and bust all myths of dynasties.

"This was the strength of both the Prime Ministers, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Shri Narendra Modi," her Facebook post read.

You can read the full post here

Context

For the uninitiated, here's why RaGa is being slammed

RaGa met Parrikar recently and details of their conversation, which he revealed, got him criticism.

Hours after meeting him, RaGa said in Kochi, "The ex-defense minister Mr. Parrikar clearly stated that he has nothing to do with the new deal."

While he continued to attack PM Modi over the multi-crore deal, Parrikar wrote to RaGa to remind him they didn't discuss Rafale.

Felt let down: Parrikar's emotional letter to RaGa

Soon several BJP leaders expressed their disdain

Attack

Soon several BJP leaders expressed their disdain

After Parrikar set the record straight, BJP leaders grabbed the opportunity to slam RaGa.

BJP President Amit Shah tweeted he was lying in name of a person battling illness and people were disgusted by his reckless behavior.

Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said RaGa was a habitual offender.

But RaGa defended himself saying the statements he gave were already in the public domain.

Parrikarji is showing loyalty by attacking me, claims RaGa

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When did Rahul Gandhi meet Manohar Parrikar?

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Rahul Gandhi met Manohar Parrikar in Goa on Tuesday, January 29.

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Rahul Gandhi and Manohar Parrikar's meeting lasted for just five minutes. Gandhi went there to check up on Parrikar who is battling cancer.

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Rahul Gandhi claimed Manohar Parrikar told him he had no role to play in the new Rafale deal signed between India and France.

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Manohar Parrikar said he was disappointed with Rahul Gandhi's behavior and clarified they didn't discuss Rafale deal.

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