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Does Rahul Gandhi understand what monetisation is, asks Nirmala Sitharaman

“The Congress party had monetised the New Delhi railway station in 2008. Why didn't Rahul Gandhi tear down the monetisation plan for New Delhi railway station,” Sitharaman asked.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai |
Updated: August 26, 2021 3:07:34 am
Nirmala Sitharaman, Nirmala Sitharaman news, Finance Minister Nirmala SitharamanFinance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. (Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday hit back at Opposition leaders who had criticised the Centre’s National Monetisation Pipeline (NMP) programme.

“The Congress party had monetised the New Delhi railway station in 2008. Why didn’t Rahul Gandhi tear down the monetisation plan for New Delhi railway station,” Sitharaman asked.

“If he indeed is against monetisation, why was the RFP on the monetisation of NDLS not torn to pieces by Rahul Gandhi? And if this is monetisation, did they sell off the New Delhi railway station? Is it owned by jijaji (brother-in-law) now? Does he understand what monetisation is?” she said.

Sitharaman reminded the Congress party of the 2010 Commonwealth Games. “What happened during the Commonwealth Games (CWG)? Within one CWG, they finished all that which can be creamed out into the accounts of their cronies,” she said.

The government on Monday announced a four-year monetisation programme worth Rs 6 lakh crore to unlock value in brownfield projects by engaging the private sector.

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