Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday (February 28) said that Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was on vacation when the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying was formed by NDA back in 2019.
“Some days ago, Rahul Gandhi had asked why there is no fisheries department. I want to know from people whether they want a leader who doesn’t know that Department of Fisheries has been in existence for 2 years (since 2019),” Amit Shah said at a public rally ahead of the Puducherry assembly elections.
Shah then went on to raise doubts over Congress’ capability to govern the Puducherry and said, “Can the Congress party do the welfare of Puducherry?”
Previously, the Wayanad MP had asked for setting up a separate ministry for fisheries at a meeting in Puducherry. The former Congress party leader’s remarks came back on February 24 during an interaction with the fishing community in Kollam’s Thangassery.
“Just like our farmers farm the land, you farm the sea. Farmers have a Ministry in Delhi, you don’t. No one speaks for you in Delhi. The first thing I would do is to have a ministry dedicated to the fishermen of India so that your issues can be defended and protected,” said the Congress leader.
He made a similar gaffe in Puducherry earlier this month. In Puducherry, Gandhi had demanded the setting up of a separate ministry for fisheries.
However, Union Minister Giriraj Singh had immediately debunked this claim by Rahul Gandhi, who then went on to ridicule Rahul’s attempt to “spread misinformation”.
“Rahul Gandhi is unaware that a separate ministry for fisheries, animal husbandry and dairying was formed by the Prime Minister in 2019, adding that Gandhi can’t come out of Italy,” Singh had said.