Arun Jaitley: PM Manmohan Singh has wisdom,no power

Prime Minister is unable to take action due to the UPA model of governance says Jaitley.

Written by ENS Economic Bureau | New Delhi | Published: April 4, 2013 9:52:45 pm

Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley hit out at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the UPA Thursday saying its model of governance was faulty as the elected head of government did not have the last word,a day after the PM said the government was working hard to revive growth.

“The elected head of the government

must have the last word. But the PM has to

follow the instructions of his party,” Jaitley told the CII’s annual meeting and national conference.

Without referring to the day’s other big speaker,Rahul Gandhi,in his speech,Jaitley described the Congress’s model as “faulty”,saying the elected leader must have the last word,along with the ability to overrule and take big decisions.

“We have had chances of disagreeing with the PM,but we have never doubted his wisdom,” Jaitley,who is also the leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha,said referring to Singh’s speech at the same forum Wednesday. He was,however,quick to add that he doubted Singh’s ability to implement.

“You talked about achieving a nine per cent growth rate,but where is the road map of how you’ll get there,” he asked,adding that differences between the UPA’s coalition partners had dragged economic growth down.

“Someone must answer why Rs 7 lakh crore worth of investment is blocked because ministers can’t see eye-to-eye… Some taxation moves are driving international investors away. Reform is the art of the possible,some are more challenging but some are more achievable,” the BJP leader said.

He said the UPA had killed fast-growing success stories in the telecom and energy sectors.

Accusing the PM of knowing the problems and the “possible answers”,Jaitley said the government’s priorities had changed because it was focused not on “quality of governance” but winning elections. That,he said,had led UPA-2 to indulge in “fiscal indiscipline” and contended that the years under NDA-rule were better than those of the present government.

“Your concerns as industry are not different from ours as political activists or citizens. The creation of environment for consultation has to come from the government,” Jaitley told India Inc.

He also questioned the credibility of criminal investigating agencies,including the Central Bureau of Investigation,alleging that it was being used by the UPA “in such a manner that vulnerable parties could not withdraw support from it”.

He drew some cheer from industrialists when he wound up his speech saying he hoped the BJP would inaugurate the function and not give the valedictory address next year as the party in power.

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