The rupee's horrid show against the robust dollar today -- 70.09 a US dollar -- was sufficiently milked by Congress President Rahul Gandhi, who dug out an old video of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attack the "supreme leader".
In the video, PM Modi, when he was still the chief minister of Gujarat, had demanded the centre to explain the rupee's fall.
The Congress leader tweeted the video and cheekily commented, "The Indian rupee just gave the Supreme Leader, a vote of No confidence, crashing to a historic low. Listen to the Supreme Leader's master class on economics in this video, where he explains why the Rupee is tanking."
If the rupee keeps falling and dollar continues to grow strong, India will disappear from the world map, PM Modi said in the video.
The Indian #Rupee just gave the Supreme Leader, a vote of NO confidence, crashing to a historic low. Listen to the Supreme Leader's master class on economics in this video, where he explains why the Rupee is tanking. pic.twitter.com/E8O5u9kb23- Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 14, 2018
"Businessmen won't be able to survive, even the government will find it difficult to handle the pressure," he said. He then asked the former prime minister to shed light on "why only Indian rupee was falling against the dollar?" and in the same breath blamed "Dilli ki bhrasht rajneeti (corruption)" for the rupee's loss.
"This fall is not only due to economic factors, it is a result of the corrupt practices of this government," he said.
The Congress party today took to Twitter to share the rupee's movement in the last few weeks and announced, "Modiji finally managed to do something that we couldn't do in 70 years."
First time ever, Rupee falls to 70 to a dollar. That too on the eve of our 71st Independence Day...- Ahmed Patel (@ahmedpatel) August 14, 2018
BJP govt has done what no other govt achieved in 70 years .. this is height of their good governance
What a sad day !
As India inches towards the national election next year, the Congress is intensifying its attack against the ruling BJP on the issue of corruption by launching a campaign that will highlight bank scams, Rafale deal and the state of the economy during PM Modi's regime.
The Congress chief continued his attack on PM Modi on the Rafale deal at a rally in Karnataka's Bidar on Monday.
Mr Gandhi reiterated his earlier challenge to PM Modi for a debate on Rafale. "Make me debate with Modi on Rafale for as long as you can, for as many hours as you can... and he would not be able to speak for one second," he said, reiterating the party's graft charges against the government.
The BJP, however, said that Mr Gandhi was not worthy of a debate with PM Modi.
BJP chief Amit Shah also advised the Congress leader "to give some time to facts when he is done winking and disrupting the parliament " -- a reference to Mr Gandhi's unexpected hug for PM Modi, followed up by a wink during last month's no-confidence motion.
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