After Rahul Gandhi's Corruption Allegation, Minister Piyush Goyal's Crushing Retort

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After Rahul Gandhi's Corruption Allegation, Minister Piyush Goyal's Crushing Retort

Piyush Goyal tweeted that he was a "kaamdaar" (worker) and not a "naamdaar" (dynast) like Rahul Gandhi.


New Delhi:  Hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi introduced his "naamdar versus kaamdar (dynast versus worker)" jeer for Rahul Gandhi in Karnataka, Union minister Piyush Goyal borrowed the phrase to hit back at the Congress president for a tweet targeting him over corruption allegations.

Rahul Gandhi and the Congress have been demanding Mr Goyal's resignation following a report in The Wire on the minister's alleged involvement in a Rs 48-crore scam involving a private company, Flashnet.

Rebutting the charges, Mr Goyal tweeted that he was a "kaamdaar" (worker) and not a "naamdaar" (dynast) like Rahul Gandhi.
 
Rahul Gandhi's tweet this morning had listed three points to justify his demand for Mr Goyal's resignation.

A graphic linked to his tweet alleged that the minister had sold the stock of a company he owned at 1000 times the face value, while he was a junior minister in the power department. The purchaser, Piramal group, had an interest in the power sector, Mr Gandhi alleged.
 
Mr Goyal, who was handling the power ministry as a junior minister with independent charge, was elevated to the cabinet in September last year with the railways and coal portfolio.

Providing a new descriptor to his party to target Rahul Gandhi with, PM Modi had said derisively at a rally in Karnataka earlier today: "Rahul ji, u are naamdaar, we are kaamdaar. We can't even sit in front of you."


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