Congress, BJP spar over 'Jayanthi tax'

Narendra Modi’s caustic remarks on ‘Jayanthi tax’ sparked off a war of word between the Congress and the BJP with the ruling party claiming it as a reaction to the “festering snoopgate wound”.

The BJP attacked the Congress and accused former environment minister Jayanthi Natarajan of “cherrypicking” projects and stalling crucial projects where “collateral interests” were involved. 

Modi, at a rally in Goa on Sunday, had said that no file moved in the environment ministry without “Jayanthi tax”.

AICC general secretary Digivijay Singh said Modi’s remarks were in “very bad taste” and should be condemned. 

“He only knows to abuse but doesn't give his vision,” Singh said adding that Modi should either prove his allegations or apologise.

 Natarajan said Modi was targeting her as she has been at the forefront against his “divisive and destructive politics”.

BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman, meanwhile, said Modi's statement was not an off-the-cuff remark.

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