BJP Blames Income Inequality On Congress, After Rahul Gandhi Questions PM Modi

| January 24 , 2018 , 08:21 IST

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi, then in Switzerland's Davos making the keynote address for the World Economic Forum, regarding a recent study that said that 1 percent of India's population cornered 73 percent of the nation's wealth. BJP hit back, saying that the inequality was a result of the Congress' model of governance.

"Dear PM, Welcome to Switzerland! Please tell DAVOS why 1% of India's population gets 73% of its wealth?  I'm attaching a report for your ready reference," Rahul Gandhi tweeted, referring to the report by international rights group Oxfam.

The study by Oxfam revealed that last year the richest 1 percent of India's population cornered 73 percent of the total wealth generated in the country, a considerable increase from the previous year where the richest 1 percent held 58 percent of the total wealth. However, the study found that the situation was grim at a global level, with the richest 1 percent of the entire world cornering 82 percent of the total wealth generated.

BJP national spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao responded to Rahul Gandhi's tweet, blaming the Congress for the inequality.

"Dear @OfficeofRG This inequality is the disastrous consequence of your family's patented Nehru Congress's "Poverty Perpetuation" Model of Governance by which only Congressis became rich. Isn't your comment a case of pot calling the kettle black?" Rao tweeted.

During PM Modi's visit to Davos, the first attendance of an Indian Prime Minister to the World Economic Forum in 20 years, he encouraged investment in India.