Thursday, Oct 02, 2014

PM should have political experience,says Jaitley

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Posted: August 25, 2013 4:35 am

Terming the last nine years of Congress-led UPA regime as a “wasted opportunity” for the country,the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley took a veiled dig at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh without taking his name by indirectly suggesting that he lacked political experience and advocated that prime ministers should have “extensive political experience”. In this backdrop,he indirectly suggested his party to project a leader at the earliest without naming Narendra Modi.

“There is a crisis today. I believe that last 9-9.5 years of country’s journey was a wasted opportunity. The power structure of governance (during the UPA) had a structural defect. In a democracy the Prime Minister should have the last word. It has not happened in this government. This should serve us a lesson for future,” Jaitley said addressing a seminar on the subject of ‘India 2020 — Challenges Ahead’ in the capital.

Underlining that the “policy paralysis” with the UPA government was a “direct outcome” of this structural defect,Jaitley,suggested that PMs should be persons with extensive political experience. Jaitley pointed that this handicap within the UPA was further worsened by the fact that an unaccountable “advisory body outside the government” got a “final word” in this regime.

“This was a structural defect,” Jaitley said,without naming Congress president Sonia Gandhi who heads the influential National Advisory Council that has guided mega subsidy schemes — NREGA and Food Security Bill — for the government.

The BJP leader said that the next elections would

provide an opportunity before the country to opt between dynastic or able leadership.

“We (BJP) are criticised for having too many leaders. But the country’s mindset has turned against dynastic leadership. Angry people will vote a government out. The next elections are turning into a presidential contest,” Jaitley claimed advocating the need for BJP for to declare its Prime Ministerial candidate at the earliest.

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