Union Minister Piyush Goyal on Tuesday hit back at the Congress President, Rahul Gandhi, who demanded the resignation of the Union Minister over the Rs 48 crore Flashnet scam.
Making a reference to PM Modi's speech in Karnataka, where he called the Congress president a naamdaar, Piyush Goyal wrote " before I became a minister on 26th May 2014, he was a professional Chartered Accountant and Investment Banker, Unlike you, I have not learnt well the art of living without working. I am also a kaamdaar, and not a naamdaar."
Till 26th May 2014, before I became a Minister, I was a professional Chartered Accountant & investment banker. Unlike you, Mr @RahulGandhi, I have not learnt well the art of living without working. I am also a kaamdaar (worker) and not a naamdaar (dynast)— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) May 1, 2018
Piyush Goyal also took a jibe at former Finance Minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram who have been in the eye of the storm regarding their alleged involvement in the INX Media scam. P Chidambaram is also under the scanner for signing off on the 20:80 Gold Scheme that eventually benefitted 13 corporates including scam ridden Mehul Choksi's firm.
I am a law topper, CA 2nd rank all over India, professional Chartered Accountant & investment banker and therefore competent to give consultancy. BTW Mr @PChidambaram_IN who are the consultants in your son @KartiPC's consultancy?— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) May 1, 2018
Rahul had demanded the resignation of Goyal, accusing him of being involved in the Rs 48 crore Flashnet scam, which he said is about "deceit, conflict of interest and greed".
Piyush Goyal’s, 48 CR. #FlashNet Scam is about deceit, conflict of interest and greed. The evidence is on the table. Yet, the media will not touch the story.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) May 1, 2018
It is a tragedy for our country when journalists entrusted to stand for the truth, will not speak.#GoyalMustResign pic.twitter.com/WeUaSAT8wg
Rahul, who attacked the railway minister on Twitter, also put a picture along with his tweet, alleging that Goyal sold his stock of Flashnet Info Solutions to Piramal group, which has interests in the power sector, at 1,000 times the face value. He has alleged that this happened when Goyal was the minister of state for power.
The Congress has been demanded the resignation of Goyal over the alleged scam and for "conflict of interest".
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing a rally Karnataka's Chamarajanagar had attacked Rahul and the Congress over what the BJP calls dynastic politics. Modi said, " Rahul Ji, you are naamdaar (one with a name), we are kaamdaar (focussed on work)".