PUDUCHERRY: Union Home Minister Amit Shah took a swipe at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, mocking him for not knowing that the Centre had started a “fisheries department” two years ago, and for being unaware of this because he was “on leave”.
Shah on Sunday was campaigning for the BJP in Puducherry ahead of the 6 April Assembly elections.
“Rahul Gandhi said here a few days ago… why has the Modi government not created a separate department for fishermen. Narendra Modiji has already worked to form a separate ministry for fishermen. Rahul bhaiya… you were on leave, so you are not aware,” Shah said.
The “on leave” swipe was a reference to Rahul Gandhi›s trips abroad, which provide the BJP with ammunition to criticise the Congress leader. “I want to ask people of Puducherry… The party whose leader has been in Lok Sabha for four terms does not know fisheries department started in the country two years ago. Can that party take care of the welfare of Puducherry?” he asked.
PM Narendra Modi, on Thursday, said that he was “shocked” that Rahul Gandhi wasn›t aware of a “fisheries ministry” having been set up by his government in 2019.