Once tipped to be the PM candidate, Arun Jaitley has emerged as one of the most important leaders in the BJP. Starting his political career as a student leader in the 1970s, Jaitley’s first major stint with Indian polity was when he was put under preventive detention during Emergency days. Over the time, Jaitley, who was once an ABVP leader in Delhi University, has emerged as a prominent face of the BJP and is currently among the top ranks of the party. Jaitley made his debut as a Lok Sabha candidate from Amritsar this time, only to lose against Captain Amarinder Singh of Congress. However, despite the loss, Jaitley is expected to get a top portfolio in the Modi Cabinet.
As Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is on a six-day tour to Japan, he focuses on structural and market oriented reforms, development in rural areas and social securities and stepping up of infrastructure spending.
In the lighter vein, the Union minister said that it is not easy to be a minister in this government as one has to keep pace with the prime minister who has been aptly described as 24X7 PM in articles in magazines.
Arun Jaitley parried a question on Subramanian Swamy's demand for immediate sacking of RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan saying the Government and RBI are responsible institutions and decisions will be taken without being influenced by "any other factor."
He also hit back at Congress, accusing it of using investigation agencies when UPA was in power for "fabricating" chargesheets and said in each of these cases, courts discharged the accused even without a trial.