Union govt is selling assets to Modi’s ‘industrialist friends’: Rahul Gandhi

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said that the Union government was selling the country’s assets to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “industrialist friends.”

“The prime minister is not working for the people of India…the prime minister is working for two or three monopolists,” the Congress leader told reporters.

Rahul’s criticisms came a day after Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced the National Monetisation Pipeline. Under the initiative, the BJP government aims to raise Rs 6 lakh crore over a four-year period till 2025 by leasing out state-owned infrastructure in various sectors including, power, road, and railways, to private entities.

Former Congress chief alleged that the plan was meant for creating monopolies in key sectors. He also said that the move would result in a reduction of jobs.

Rahul went on to say: “Narendra Modi ji and BJP had a slogan that nothing has happened in 70 years,…The assets that were built in our nation in the past 70 years, the finance minister decided to sell them yesterday.”

He also told reporters that his party is not against Industrialisation.

“We privatise industries which are chronically in losses. We privatise companies which have minimal market shares. But here, privatisation is being done to create monopolies,” Rahul said.