BJP government waived rupee 68,607 crore in defaults, Congress says
The Modi government has waived Rs 68,607 crore to the top 50 defaulting debtors, including Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and Vijay Mallya, Congress said on Tuesday citing a response from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) RTI. .
Congress also alleged that the government had waived loans worth Rs 6.66 lakh crore since 2014 until September 2019.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said he had asked parliament for the names of the top 50 bank loan defaults in the country, but the finance minister did not respond. Now the RBI has distributed the list which includes Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and many “friends” of the BJP, he said.
“I asked Parliament a direct question: Indicate the names of the top 50 defaulting bank debtors in the country. The Minister of Finance declined to answer the question.
“Now the RBI has listed the names of Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and many BJP ‘friends’ in the bank fraud list. This is why this truth has been withheld from Parliament,” Gandhi said in a tweet in Hindi.
Chief Congressional Spokesman Randeep Surjewala also released the list of the country’s top defaulting debtors, according to RTI’s response, and asked the prime minister for answers on why their loans were canceled.
“This is a classic case of promoting the policy of ‘dupe, deceive and leave’ of the Modi government, which can no longer be accepted and the prime minister must respond,” he told reporters via video conference.
Surjewala also said that “this reflects the mistaken priorities and dishonest intentions of the Modi government.”
He said the whole country is fighting the coronavirus and the government has no money to pay the states but has the money to tolerate and write off Rs 68,307 crore in default on bank loans.