Finance Minister Arun Jaitley took to Twitter to lash out at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi over his criticism of the Centre's economic policies.
The difference between the UPA and NDA-“The ease of doing corruption has been replaced by the ease of doing business"
— Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) November 1, 2017
Jaitley's remarks come after Rahul's address in Bharuch on Wednesday in which the Congress vice-president accused demonetisation and GST of ruining the ease of doing business.
Seizing on a World Bank report that India had jumped 30 places on the 'ease of doing business' ranking, Rahul said: "The entire country will shout and say ease of doing business is absent, you have destroyed it, your demonetisation and GST have ruined it."
Resuming his campaign from Jambusar town of Bharuch district in Gujarat, where Assembly elections are scheduled for December, Rahul said at the public rally that Jaitley said some foreign organisation has certified that India has considerably improved in ease of doing business.
"Jaitley sits in his office and believes what foreigners say," he added.
Rahul told the finance minister to instead meet small and mid-sized businessman for and ask if the ease of doing business had really improved.
"Everyone will say that ease has been destroyed. For Jaitley, foreigners are right but poor Indians are wrong," he said. Earlier on Wednesday, Rahul tweeted a famous Ghalib verse in Hindi to say that Jaitley was deluding himself.
सबको मालूम है “ease of doing business” की हकीकत, लेकिन ख़ुद को खुश रखने के लिए "Dr Jaitley" ये ख्याल अच्छा है — Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) November 1, 2017
According to the World Bank, India's rank on 'ease of doing business' scale rose from 130 to 100 in 2017, helped by a slew of reforms in taxation, licensing, investor protection and bankruptcy resolution.
Addressing a press conference soon after the World Bank ranking was made public on Tuesday, Jaitley had said India is the only major country named for pursuing structural reforms.
"In 2014, we were 142nd and then in last two years, we improved to 131 and 130. These are not generalised rankings. It happened in specific areas and they take tough parameters for that ranking," he had said.
The "highest jump" in ranking was possible as significant improvements in all the 10 judging parameters were made in last three-four years "so that it becomes easy to do business in India", Jaitley said on Tuesday.
With inputs from PTI
Updated Date: Nov 01, 2017 15:40 PM