Watch: Kapil Sibal hits back at BJP for 'witch hunt' against Opposition
Meanwhile.. Congress alleges BJP could have doctored Ease of Doing Business rankings
Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi has said that it is easy to 'hire consultants' to get desirable rankings, while he added that no marketing bid can erase the pain of 'lived' reality frompeople's mind.
Easy to hire consultants and 'fix' #EaseOfDoingBuisness rankings. It's hard to undo the real damage done to Indian economy by Messrs Modi&Co— Abhishek Singhvi (@DrAMSinghvi) November 1, 2017
#EaseOfDoingBuisness at best a signalling factor. If your basics are fundamentally weak, no amount of marketing hype can fix 'lived reality'— Abhishek Singhvi (@DrAMSinghvi) November 1, 2017
'If Rahul feels his pet expresses his view clearer, Congress must worry about its future'
Ravi Shankar Prasad mocks Rahul Gandhi over tweet on Ease of Doing Business ranking
The BJP leader slammed Rahul Gandhi over his tweet mocking the new rankings. "I want to ask Rahul Gandhi, how much does he know about the conomy. The more Rahul Gandhi speaks, the more he exposes himself," he said.
Love Jehad has serious nation-wide security implications
"It is a design for deliberate brain washing in pursuite of creating an Islamic State caliphate in India," Prasad said while alleging that Kerala government was deliberately sheilding the perpetrators for vote bank poliitcs.
CPM bartering 'national interest' for vote bank
"You have been elected to govern the state of Kerala. It is your primary responsibility to ensure safety of citizen's of Kerala. And today because of PSI and Satya Sarni, Satya Sarni, the life of kerala’s citizens is under threat. If they do not probe it, we’d be constraint to publicly say that CPM led Kerala government is bartering national interest for political vote bank," Prasad said.
'BJP's stand on conversion very clear'
Prasad said that the cases of love jehad were serious and real and even Christian groups have started online helplines to protect young Christian girls. Prasad said that the BJP has always welcomed wilful converst, however, use of force, radicalisation and money is against the law and must be probed.
'Media sting operation proved love jehad is real'
Ravi Shankar Prasad referred to a India Today report claiming that the media report showed that several groups claimed that they recieved foreign funds to radicalise Kerala youths and establish a Islamic State caliphate. He said that the Kerala government, on the other hand, has claimed that love jehad is all 'humbug' in Supreme Court in the Hadiya case.
Prasad rakes up love jehad issue in Kerala
"Of late the issue of terrorism and love jehad have acquired menacing scale. But what is more distressing is that these issues are also being used for political gains," Prasad said.
Ravi Shankar addresses press conference
As Assembly elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh draw close, national units of BJP and Congress are also sparring over the Centre's policies and performance, while their state units take at each other in the two poll-bound states.
Amid high-octane political mudslinging, both, the BJP and the Congress have planned two press conferences which are scheduled closely after each other. Union minister and BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad will hold a presser at 3.30 pm while a Congress media briefing is scheduled shortly afterwards at 4.00 pm.
The BJP is expected to pat its back over India's improved ranking in the World bank's Ease of Doing Business report, while it could hit back at Congress for politicising 'well-meaning' economic policies. The Congress on the other hand is likely to counter those claims with an alternative narrative even as it defends it's government in Himachal Pradesh.
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had lauded the BJP government for its performance taking a dig at the previous Congress-led governments in a tweet after the rankings came out.
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
Earlier, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi had mocked at the BJP's 'chest-thumping' over the improved ranks in a tweet.
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
India had ranked 100th amid 190 countries, in the World Bank’s survey report ‘Doing business 2018’ released on Tuesday. It is for the first time has moved into the top 100 in the global rankings from last year’s 130.
Meanwhile, the parties are also fighting a pitched battle as they trade different narratives of the effect demonetisation has had on India's economy, as it's first anniversary is just around the corner.
The BJP has vowed to celebrate 'anti-black money day' on 8 November while Congress is busy preparing for nationwide protests to observe 'black day' to highlight the 'ill-effects' of Modi government's controversial scheme.
Updated Date: Nov 01, 2017 17:36 PM
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