UNION FINANCE Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday rued the disappearance of wit from the Indian political discourse, citing the likes of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and former Rajya Sabha MP Piloo Mody as the beacons of such exchanges. He was speaking at the launch of his book Andhere Se Ujale Ki Aur by BJP chief Amit Shah.
The book is a compilation of blogs and articles by Jaitley that have appeared at various times. The minister said he had taken to writing on partymen’s demand.
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“It was a time when it was getting more and more difficult to get your point across to a larger audience because it was the media that was setting the agenda and choosing only to portray whatever suited that agenda… Between July-August 2013 and May 2014, I wrote on a daily basis at the request of the party, which is a difficult task for somebody who is not a journalist,” Jaitley said. He conceded that after being in the government, “the less said the better”.
Shah and Rajya Sabha MP Swapan Dasgupta, who was present as a special guest, hailed Jaitley’s commitment to the BJP ideology from his student days and his importance in the party as a strategist and spokesman.
“He was a great spokesman for the party as leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha at a time when the bowler was bowling full toss after full toss…Two big achievements of this government — declaration of Rs 65,000 crore black money and GST — are achievements of his ministry,” Shah said.