A day after BJPs prime ministerial candidate L K advani launched his poll campaign in Gujarat with a tirade against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,the party national general secretary,Arun Jaitley,called him the cleverest politician because he had managed to hold on to his chair without doing any work. Jaitley,a vocal Supreme Court lawyer,neither made any reference to the arrest of Mayaben Kodnani for her involvement in the post-Godhra riots nor did he refer to the inflamed speeches of Varun Gandhi while explaining why people should vote for the BJP.
Delivering a public lecture organised by Friends of BJP,an informal support group,Jaitley waxed eloquents about the swift action taken by the NDA government in the attacks on the Akshardham Temple and the Parliament and compared the same with the inaction of the UPA government in the Mumbai terror attack and the series of blasts in other cities during its regime.
Jaitley also expressed concern about allies severing ties with the Congress and said the party would not even reach double figures in Jharkhand,UP and Bihar.
He said within two weeks,the arrogance and over confidence of the Congress has disappeared and it has turned into the underdog. The UPA,he said,pursued first rate politics and third rate economics,which had led to the collapse of the economy with the real estate,capital market and jobs being the casualties.
Jaitley said the present government lives in a state of denial like Pakistan; and as a parting gift to the country,it has ensured that India was bracketed with Pakistan in the world stage. He also said that the Congress did not associate itself with security but with the vote bank,and because of that,India has become a country where a section of people sympathise with the terrorists. He endorsed Modis view that cancellation of IPL matches in India was a national shame.
Jaitley said people should vote for the BJP,as it would not run away from taking decisions,will not cater to vote banks,will not compromise on national security and will not cover up corruption. He also said people must ask the UPA which caste it would cut off from the reservation list in order to accommodate reservations promised on religious basis,as the Supreme Court had already put a cap of 50 per cent on all reservations.
Jaitley expressed hope that the next government at the Centre would be a decisive one with a determined leader,perhaps an MP from Gujarat.