As Modi kickstarted WEF in Davos, Rahul tweeted Oxfam survey over widening wealth gap: BJP says 'case of pot calling kettle black'

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the world from Switzerland's Davos at the World Economic Forum, the Congress continued to raise political heat back in the country. Soon after the prime minister's address concluded in Davos, Congress chief quoted the Oxfam survey and questioned Modi over the widening gap in wealth distribution in India.

In his tweet, Rahul shared the Oxfam report which stated that one percent of the Indian population holds 73 percent of the total wealth in the country:

According to the Oxfam survey, the richest one percent in India cornered 73 percent of the wealth generated in the country last year, while 67 crore Indians comprising the population's poorest half saw their wealth rise by just one percent.

The report titled 'Reward Work, Not Wealth', found that it will take 941 years for a minimum wage worker in rural India to earn what the top paid executive at a leading Indian garment firm earns in a year. Oxfam India also urged the Indian government to ensure that the country's economy works for everyone and not just the fortunate few.

Rahul's attack came on a day when Modi addressed the gathering at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Modi, while leading the biggest Indian delegation to Davos ever, became the first prime minister since HD Deve Gowda to attend the annual global economic summit. At the summit, Modi pitched India as a destination for global investment, saying those wanting wealth with wellness and peace with prosperity should come to the country.

Modi also talked about grave concerns facing the world, including terrorism and climate change. Modi said the government is following the principle of reform, perform and transform and that the country is moving towards becoming a $5 trillion economy by 2025. "We have made it so easier to invest in India, manufacture in India and work in India. We have decided to uproot licence and permit Raj. We are replacing red tape with red carpet," he added.

BJP slams Rahul over tweet

BJP's reaction came quick with spokesman GVL Narsimha Rao's tweet:

Accusing the Gandhi family's patented "poverty perpetuation" governance model, the BJP leader said Rahul's comment is a case of pot calling the kettle black. Rao also added that while 'garibi hatao' (eradicate poverty) was merely a slogan for Congress, for the BJP 'sabka sath, sabka vikas' (collective efforts, inclusive growth) is its model of governance. Rao said in the last three-and-a-half years the Modi government has tirelessly worked towards inclusive growth, and taken a number of pro-poor intiatives such as Jandhan Yojana and Ujjawala Yojana.

With inputs from PTI

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Updated Date: Jan 24, 2018 11:10:00 IST