It is often said that when you have Rahul Gandhi speaking, there can never be a dull moment. Unfortunately for Congress, this “never a dull moment” doesn’t arise from him speaking coherently and logically. On the contrary, his speeches are known for several avoidable faux pas that end up becoming jokes unto themselves.
Ahead of the assembly polls in Tamil Nadu, Rahul Gandhi visited Puducherry today and interacted with fishing community. He ended up feigning his ignorance when he asked, “why don’t the farmers of sea can’t have the ministry in Delhi just like the farmers of land have ministry for them.”
Social media was quick to remind Rahul Gandhi of his folly by telling him that there is indeed a Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying.
Govt passed 3 Bills against farmers, the backbone of a nation. You must be wondering why am I talking about farmers at meeting of fishermen. I consider you as farmers of sea. If farmers of land can have ministry in Delhi, why is that farmers of sea don't have the same: R Gandhi https://t.co/S8mPZUgsCF pic.twitter.com/yWWfhOjTS1
— ANI (@ANI) February 17, 2021
While it is astonishing that a person heading India’s grand old party doesn’t know about the existence of Ministry of Fisheries, it also provides an opportunity for the government to apprise about the mega programmes that it has for the community, which the UPA was lacking.
It is the Modi government that has laid out a detailed plan for Blue revolution, and unveiled the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana with the highest ever investment of ₹20,050 crores for five years in all states and UTs.
The Modi government has also extended Kisan Credit Card facility to fishermen.
Someone in the interaction have asked for the provision of pension to fishermen community for which Rahul Gandhi didn’t give specific answer. But it is to be noted that the Modi government through the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying is already in consultation process to explore the ways for providing pensions.
On the front of monetary assistance to fishermen, PMSSY has this provision.
Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Giriraj Kishore gave it back in style to Rahul Gandhi where he chose to write in
Caro Raul (@RahulGandhi),
Non esiste un Ministero della pesca separato in Italia. Viene sotto Ministero delle Politiche Agricole e Forestali. https://t.co/Lv9x3r8ozK
— Shandilya Giriraj Singh (@girirajsinghbjp) February 17, 2021
This apart, Tamil Nadu BJP Spokesperson SG Suryah pointed out that a woman actually blamed the Congress Chief Minister for not visiting them during floods and lost in translation.
A woman complains to @RahulGandhi in #Pondicherry that CM @VNarayanasami never visited/helped them during cyclones. But CM Narayanasami shamelessly translates it to Rahul as that woman is appreciating him for his work during floods. Never knew Rahul can be this easily cheated. pic.twitter.com/ntDd0Ilrnp
— SG Suryah (@SuryahSG) February 17, 2021
Apart from this, Rahul Gandhi repeated his fact-free rhetoric about the Modi government working only for big Corporates while killing small and medium businesses. He said that, even during Corona, big business houses got package relief but not the small and medium industries.
This claim has no factual basis as the Aatmanirbhar package, among other things, provided for ₹20,000 crore subordinate debt support to MSMEs has been approved, and is expected to help 2 lakh MSMEs in distress. Also, under the 59-minute MSME loan scheme, Public Sector Banks have disbursed 2,09,326 loans involving Rs 59,548 crore till February 1, 2021 which is 93 percent of the sanctioned loans. Not to forget is the ₹3 lakh crore emergency credit line guarantee scheme for the MSME sector, which was extended in November last year for MSMEs in 26 sectors, with the ambit widened to include the healthcare sector.
Italian, perhaps hoping that it is the best language that Rahul Gandhi understands.