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When Original Hindutva is Available, Why Will People Pick a Clone: Arun Jaitley's Jibe at Congress

Addressing reporters in Surat, Jaitley said, “The BJP has always been seen as a pro-Hindutva party. So if an original is available, why would the people pick a clone?”

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Updated:December 2, 2017, 2:29 PM IST
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When Original Hindutva is Available, Why Will People Pick a Clone: Arun Jaitley's Jibe at Congress
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New Delhi: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday took potshots at the Congress, saying the people of poll-bound Gujarat would not pick a “clone” when they have an “original pro-Hindutva” party in the BJP.

Addressing reporters in Surat, Jaitley said, “The BJP has always been seen as a pro-Hindutva party. So if an original is available, why would the people pick a clone?”

Jaitley also took a jibe at former prime minister Manmohan Singh, saying the previous UPA government was the “most corrupt and leaderless”.

“The 10 years of governance before Modiji's government was the most corrupt government we have ever seen. It was a leaderless government. It was said that the then PM was in office but not in power,” Jaitley said.

Jaitley’s jibe is the latest in a series of heated exchanges between the BJP and the Congress in the run-up to the Gujarat Assembly elections.

On Friday, Jaitley had called Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi's comment on a single GST rate a "grand stupid idea".

"What Rahul Gandhi suggested was single GST rate of 18 per cent. This is different from suggesting a cap of 18 per cent. This was the grand stupid idea. Can a Hawai chappal (slipper) and a BMW car be taxed at the same rate?" Jaitley had tweeted.

The first phase of the two-stage Assembly polls will be held on December 9 and the second phase on December 14. The counting of votes is scheduled on December 18.

| Edited by: Ananya Chakraborty
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