With both Houses of the Parliament adjourned sine die today and the Monsoon Session ending as a complete washout, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today accused the Congress for causing disruptions without a cause and invoked the Emergency to underline how the Gandhi family could not tolerate the idea of having a person outside the family rule the country and that it took its defeat personally.
“It’s the 40th anniversary of Emergency. If Indira Gandhi would have stepped down after losing the legal battle, someone from the Congress could have became the prime minister. But the Emergency was imposed as power flowing out of the Gandhi family was not acceptable to her,” said Jaitley.
“It is clear that the family which controls the Congress party is not amenable to the idea of having a person outside the family rule the country,” he added.
Jaitley also took a swipe a Rahul Gandhi saying the Gandhi scion doesn’t know the “distinction between a parliamentary speech and a slogan”. “When seniority is thrust on you, a certain level of maturity is required. In this case, the more he grows, the more he immatures,” the Finance Minister said about the Congress Vice-President.
Asked to elaborate on his comments about the Gandhi’s, Jaitley said, “They have not been able to digest the fact that one family is out of power. And therefore, the entire battle for policy, the somersault on policy is essentially because of that one factor.”
Stating that there was nothing “personal” from the BJP side during the heated exchanges that were witnessed in the latest Parliament session, Jaitley said, “From the Congress party’s point of view, I gave the example of 1975…the same holds true. When the family loses power, they take the defeat personally.”
Highlighting that the passage of the constitutional amendment for GST would have have given a clear benefit to the country, the Finance Minister said, “The entire country would have become an economic market. It would have led to ease of business, would have increased tax buoyancy, GDP would have benefitted and goods and services would have move throughout the country. A market of this size would have been rare across the world.”
“But the Congress party’s clear policy appears to be that if any other government comes, it has to be stopped,” he said.
Jaitley also announced a massive campaign the NDA plans to launch to take the message of this session’s washout to the masses. “The NDA meeting decided that though we will be campaigning all over the country, in particular we will be sending a team of one central minister along with four MPs for each of the 44 Congress and nine Left constituencies because principally it is these 53 people who were responsible for disrupting the session,” he said, adding that there will be a series of meeting for a prolonged period of time in these areas.
The Finance Minister also stated that the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs had not taken a call on whether to prorogue the session.
On the future of the GST Bill, he said, “It is an enabling law. It has to be cleared by 50 percent of the assemblies. After that, three legislation—two in Centre, one in states—have to be passed. Their drafts are almost ready. Alongside, work is on the IT backbone for it. So you (Congress) delay the enabling legislation so that the date is missed. And the country suffer will suffer if date is missed.
“Congress’ party ki prathmikta ek parivar ki raajneeti hai, desh ka hit nahi hai. So it’s natural that their pupose was to delay this. But we are determined to ensure that this implemented by April 1,” he said.
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