PM’s language against Narendra Modi does not add to the dignity of his office: Jaitley

Jaitley termed PM's tenure as 'wasted opportunity',accused him of not providing any direction.

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Updated: January 9, 2014 3:32 pm

BJP on Friday lashed out at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for his remarks that Narendra Modi as premier will be disastrous for the nation,saying it is unfortunate that such language is used even after a court and SIT have given the BJP leader a clean chit.

The Prime Minister’s words did not add to the dignity of the high office he holds,it said.

Attacking Singh for not taking steps to curb inflation,corruption and not create employment oppotunities during his 10 years of Prime Ministership,Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley termed his tenure as a “wasted opportunity” and accused him of not providing any direction to a developing society like India.

BJP President Rajnath Singh while condemning the remarks also said that the Prime Minister had admitted to the dual power centre that existed in the UPA government,a contention that the saffron party has been making for quite some time.

“The use of such language against Narendra Modi does not add to the dignity of Prime Minister’s office. The dirty tricks department of the Congress party has carried out certain tricks against Narendra Modi. If the dirty tricks department used such language,it was understandable. I am sure the Prime Minister of India is not a party of that dirty tricks department,” Jaitley said.

Rajnath Singh said that the Prime Minister has accepted that the next government is not going to be that of UPA and that is why is has opted himself out for a third term.

“I condemn this statement(on Modi) of the Prime Minister. It is very unfortunate that the Prime Minister is saying this even when the SIT and court have given him a clean chit,” he said.

The BJP chief said it was “laughable” to make such a statement even when Modi as Chief Minister has presented Gujarat as a model state in the country through the development work initiated by him there.

“It is a laughable statement to say that he should not be the Prime Minister as during his tenure riots have taken place in Gujarat. Modi in his tenure as Chief Minister has presented Gujarat as a model of development and a model state in the country,” he said.

“Whatever has happened in 2002 is unfortunate and painful,” he added.

Jaitley hit out at the Prime Minister for using the logic of 2009 Congress victory to brush aside charges of corruption during UPA 1 and said this can be used as a logic by criminals after they win elections.

He said Singh’s government has failed to deliver on its promise of curbing corruption and inflation and increasing employment opportunities.

“He (PM) manufactured a new logic. This new logic that electoral sanction of a corrupt government wipes out the allegations of corruption…The logic of Manmohan Singh can be used by criminals also when they win elections. There is anger in society that criminals are entering politics,” he said.

With its failure to tackle corruption,mounting inflation and unemployment,the government has prepared a “perfect recipe for disaster,” he said.

Reacting to the statements made by the Prime Minister during his press conference,Rajnath Singh said he has admitted that his government has failed to control rising prices and corruption and could not create enough employment opportunities.

“Instead of listing out his achievements,the Prime Minister has instead listed out the failures…This government has proved a failure on all fronts. The Prime Minister has admitted that there is a dual power centre…

“The Prime Minister has tried to justify whatever BJP has been saying that due to dual power centre you cannot expect anything good from this government. That the freedom to take decisions has been completely eroded,” he said.

Lamenting that the Prime Minister did not talk about national security during his press conference,he said this government has also proved a “failure” on the issue of internal and external security.

The BJP president said it was “laughable” to say that UPA has done better than NDA and claimed that India had become current-account deficit,growth rate had reduced and economic disparity had increased and employment opportunities had reduced during this government.

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    Amrit Rao
    Jan 5, 2014 at 8:47 pm
    Shameless Arun Jaitley never criticised Modi and Advani for abusing the prime Ministers.
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    Mohammed Khader
    Jan 3, 2014 at 2:42 pm
    Jaitley always truth is pain full.
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    Mohammed Khader
    Jan 3, 2014 at 2:41 pm
    Jaitley your comment shows that Modi is not dignified CM, because always Modi has used vulger language for MMS.
  4. K
    Jan 3, 2014 at 5:47 pm
    This is the first time PM has spoken his heart out. Narendra Modi is a murderer.
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    Rajive Yadav
    Jan 4, 2014 at 4:44 am
    BJP is committing political suicide by criticizingAAP. AAP is the new wave created by ordinary people. BJP must appreciate AAP,find common ground, and support AAP if it wants to survive in the Lok Sabha.AAP is much better party then Congress and regional parties. To form govt. at Center after Lok Sabhaelection BJP will have to get support from AAP. Therefore, BJP must keep friendly relation with AAP.
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    Rajive Yadav
    Jan 4, 2014 at 4:44 am
    If Modi really wants to win Lok Sabha election, heneeds to do following things to counter AAP:1. Replace his speech writers.2. Instead of criticizing Congress and giving vague/emptyspeeches, Modi needs to educate his voters about BJP’s plans and manifesto3. Pick ONLY highly educated, experienced, honest, andcompetent candidates for all Lok Sabha seats.4. Contest all 544 Lok Sabha seats. Don’t ally with anyoneprior to election.5. Print & distribute Brochure/Card comparing BJPCandidates’ qualification against rival candidates in every household, in allconsuencies, 4 to 5 times prior to election (Do it now, don't wait for lastminute).6. Print and distributestrong, ambitious, and eye catching Manifesto to every household in allconsuencies (both in English and native language). (Do it now. Don’t wait for last minute).7. BJP’s Manifesto mustinclude at minimum following promises:a. Provide unlimited fundingfor mive infrastructure (express roads, bridges, dams, canals, affordablehouses, sewage & waster disposal plants, river front development, skypers/tall office buildings to house govt. offices, mega cities, ports,affordable houses, multi story parking garages, hospitals, airports, publicrestrooms, conference centers, visitor centers, parks, homeless shelters,elderly care homes, lakes, tree planting, English medium schools, Colleges(IITs, IIMs, IT, Medical, Engineering, Technical, Public Administration, Police& Law Academy, Research, Commerce/ForeignTrade/Economics/Banking/Finance/Supply Chain/Management Insutes providinghigh quality and in high demand degree courses.)b. Fully computerize(E-Governance) all government services to eliminate corruption.c. Emergency medical andpolice help lines.d. Disposal of police/courtcases within 3-4 months.e. Reform Education, Police,Judiciary, Public Administration, Governance, Bureaucracy, and Political Systemby hiring experts consulting firms and implementing best practices fromcountries like USA, Canada, Europe, an, Dubai, Singapore, China etc.f. Always keep taxes and interest rates low to grow economy.g. Allow 100% FDI in allmanufacturing, services, and retail sectors.h. Sign free trade agreementswith developed countries.i. Eliminate caste based reservation system. Introduce strictmerit based selection system.
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    Rajive Yadav
    Jan 4, 2014 at 4:44 am
    Modi should get experts advice(from people like Ambani, Ratan Tata, Narayan Murti etc.) on what to speak. He is wasting his speeches for unnecessary things (e.g. lecturing history,building statute, vivekanand, criticizing too much Congress, making stupidjokes etc.) which voters no longer want to listen. Voters want to know what isModi's vision for future India(in specific detail) and how exactly will he deliver. Voters want to knowwhy Modi is better than AAP and other regional parties. Therefore, Modiand his team should start preparing a meaningful Manifesto as quickly aspossible to educate and convince voters as to why they should voter for BJP andnot AAP or other parties.
  8. N
    Jan 3, 2014 at 6:01 pm
    And look at the language used by Jaitley.
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