Arun Jaitley to Rahul Gandhi: BJP replaced ease of doing corruption with ease of doing business

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Updated: November 1, 2017 3:49:53 PM

Finance Minister's comments soon after Rahul Gandhi attacked NDA even after India jumped 30 places in World Bank's 'ease of doing business' ranking.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday said that “ease of doing corruption” has been replaced by the ease of doing business.(Image: PTI)

Taking a jibe at Congress, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday said that “ease of doing corruption” has been replaced by the ease of doing business under BJP rule. “The difference between the UPA and NDA “The ease of doing corruption has been replaced by the ease of doing business, (sic)” Jaitley tweeted. The Finance Minister’s comments came soon after Rahul Gandhi attacked NDA even after India jumped 30 places in World Bank’s ‘ease of doing business’ ranking. Addressing a rally in Gujarat’s Bharuch, Gandhi said, “Yesterday Arun Jaitley ji said some foreign organisation has certified that India has considerably improved in ease of doing business.” He added that Jaitley sits in his office and believes what foreigners say. Gandhi added that finance minister should meet small and mid-sized businessman for five-10 minutes and ask if the ease of doing business had really improved. “The entire country will shout and say ease of doing business is absent, you have destroyed it, your demonetisation and GST have ruined it,” Gandhi said.

Earlier in the day, Gandhi had put a tweet in Hindi, taking off from a famous Ghalib verse to say that Jaitley was making a fool of himself. “Sabko maloom hai ‘ease of doing business’ ki haqeeqat, lekin khud ko khush rakhne ke liye ‘Dr Jaitley’ ye khayal achha hai (everybody knows the reality of ease of doing business, but this thought is good Dr Jaitley to keep yourself happy).”

According to the World Bank, India’s rank on ‘ease of doing business’ scale has risen from 130 to 100 this year, helped by a slew of reforms in taxation, licensing, investor protection and bankruptcy resolution.

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