NEW DELHI: Rahul Gandhi today took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying the NDA government's acknowledgement of the UPA's flagship scheme MGNREGA is a "shining example" of Modi's "political wisdom".
He said the Modi dispensation, which had in past called the UPA's job guarantee scheme a "living monument of the Congress' failure," has now been forced to accept its success.
"After calling NREGA a 'living monument of the INC failure' Govt now hails it as cause of 'nat pride & celebration' !Shining eg of Modiji's pol wisdom", the Congress vice-president said in a tweet.
After calling NREGA 'living monument of INC failure' Govt now hails it as cause of 'nat pride&celebration'!Shining eg of Modiji's pol wisdom— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) February 2, 2016
Gandhi's reference was to Prime Minister's remarks about the UPA flagship scheme during the Budget Session of Parliament last year.
"Do you think, I will put an end to the scheme? My political wisdom does not allow me to do it. This is a living monument of your failure to tackle poverty in 60 years. With song and dance and drum beat, I will continue with the scheme," Modi had said then.
Ahmed Patel, political secretary to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, also took a Twitter jibe at the Prime Minister on the issue.
"#MNREGA shows how Govt can create jobs where pvt sector can't. Such is its impact that those who mocked it are now rushing to celebrate. MNREGA is most transformative govt scheme in Independent India. Over 182M ppl have benefited making it the world's largest public scheme (sic)," Patel said in a series of tweets.
Patel said the UPA flagship programme reflected the Congress' commitment to a welfare state.
#MNREGA reflects our commitment to a welfare state. Congress President, Dr (Manmohan) Singh,NAC & entire UPA have played a vital role in its success. Even Modi govt was forced to accept yesterday that MGNREGA's achievements are a cause of national pride & celebration," Patel tweeted.