Rahul Gandhi’s strained relationship with basic mathematics is continuing well into 2021.
After throwing wildly inaccurate numbers during the 2019 poll campaign about the prices of Rafale aircrafts and the supposed amounts earned by Anil Ambani, Gandhi today alleged that Gautam Adani had earned 12 lakh crore during the pandemic.
“How much did your wealth increase in 2020? Zero. You struggle to survive while he makes ₹ 12 Lakh Cr and increases his wealth by 50%. Can you tell me why?” Rahul Gandhi earnestly wrote on Twitter.
But such is Rahul Gandhi’s propensity to spread fake news that he manages to lie even when sharing the original news clipping itself.
As per the newspaper report shared by Rahul Gandhi, Gautam Ambani’s net worth has risen by $16 billion, which at a conversion rate of 73 rupees per dollar is Rs. 1.16 lakh crore, or approximately Rs. 1.2 lakh crore. Rahul Gandhi managed to exaggerate this by a factor of 10 in his tweet, claiming that Gautam Adani’s wealth had instead surged by Rs. 12 lakh crore.
This isn’t the first time that Rahul Gandhi has played fast and loose with numbers in making his allegations. During the 2019 poll campaign, Rahul Gandhi had kept increasing the value of the supposed “Rafale scam” by several thousand crores in successive speeches. He’s also had trouble with units, often forgetting to say crores altogether, once alleging in a speech that PM Modi had sold the Rafale aircraft for just Rs. 1600.
Rahul Gandhi had similarly kept increasing the supposed price of PM Modi’s suit from Rs. 10 lakh to Rs. 15 lakh to an eventual Rs. 2 crore.
But Rahul Gandhi seems to have outdone himself, this time attributing an additional Rs. 10 lakh crore to Gautam Adani’s increase in net worth. Either Rahul Gandhi deliberately lied to mislead people about the scale of increase in Gautam Ambani’s wealth, or finds it hard to convert USD figures into Indian rupees. In either case, it hardly inspires much confidence in his ability to rescue the Congress party from the doldrums it currently finds itself in.