Keeping up with his daily criticism of the Centre, former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s programme ‘Make in India’ initiative, saying imports from China after 2014 have actually increased, amid the growing demand to boycott Chinese products in the wake of India-China stand-off.
Gandhi took to Twitter and said, “Facts don’t lie. BJP says: Make in India. BJP does: Buy from China,” Rahul Gandhi said in a sharp tweet attaching a graphics of the percentage of imports from China during the UPA rule and the NDA government.
Facts don’t lie.
Make in India.
Buy from China. pic.twitter.com/hSiDIOP3aU
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) June 30, 2020
The graphics showed that from 2008 to 2014, the imports from China were below 14 per cent, while during the BJP-led NDA rule, the Chinese import increased to over 18 per cent.
The graphics also depicted that in 2008 under Prime Minister Manmohan Singh the imports from China were at 12 per cent while it rose to 14 per cent in 2012 but again came down to 13 per cent in 2014.
While under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the imports from China grew from 13 per cent to 14 per cent in 2015, to 16 per cent in 2016, to 17 per cent in 2017 and to 18 per cent in 2018, the graphics attached by Wayanad MP showed.
Earlier, on Monday, the former Congress president took a swipe at the Modi government for the rising fuel prices and urged people to join the Congress’ protest against it.
Meanwhile, Gandhi had on Sunday questioned the government over the status of the LAC at the China border amid the tensions with the country.
The former Congress chief, in a tweet, had said, “When will talks of national security and defence happen?”