Taking a dig at the dynasty-driven Congress, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday said the party will shrink in absence of stalwarts like Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi as it does not have leaders of that stature.
“Where you have dynasties, dynasties become Albatross around your neck. Without the dynasty, you are irrelevant. With the dynasty, you stagnate. That is the problem of the Congress,” he said at an event organised by News 24 channel here.
Jaitley pressed his point further, saying the Congress at this point does not have tall leaders like Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi who could strengthen the party.
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He saw the party shrinking because of weak leadership of the dynasty.
Fielding a poser that there are examples of father-son duo in the BJP too, he spoke about a fundamental difference. “Two persons from the same family enter politics… One big national party is being owned by one family. It’s like proprietorship business and the authority to become Prime Minister belongs to that family only. This is the fundamental difference.”
Wherever there is a dynasty, leadership creation outside is “very difficult”.
The Congress does not have even a clear leadership in states, the senior BJP leader added.
“After the recent election results, I asked a very senior leader of the Congress in a TV debate to name few leaders of some of the states. He started fumbling after 2-3 names,” Jaitley said.
Responding to a query on GST implementation, Jaitley said he is hopeful of its passage in the monsoon session as most political parties except the Congress are in favour of this historic tax reform.
This is touted as the biggest tax reform since Independence potentially leading to economic integration of the country.
Traders have backed GST, he said, adding that it will help create a one market and enable traders of Punjab to get access in Kerala.
“Our priority is we should implement GST with common consensus. If the Congress does not become part of that common consensus, then it will be done through a Parliament process. It would be taken up in the next session and vote would be in favour of GST,” he asserted.
The Bill, according to the finance minister, will be put to vote in the next Parliament session even if the Congress continues to oppose it.
The GST Bill seeks to replace a slew of central and state levies, with an aim to transform the nation of 1.3 billion people into a Customs union.
After it is approved by the Rajya Sabha, the legislation needs to be ratified by half of the 29 states for its rollout.