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Can’t afford non-politician as PM: Jaitley

The BJP leader also stressed on the importance of higher economic growth rates to sustain welfare measures.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: December 22, 2013 1:40:46 am

Taking a veiled dig at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley said on Saturday that the country cannot afford a “non-politician” as PM. The “separate political and executive authority” model of the incumbent Congress-led UPA regime does not work,he said.

“Prime ministership is not an employment,” Jaitley said,addressing the FICCI AGM. “India must now realise that this whole experiment of the political and executive authority residing in separate power centres does not work. A corporate can run on this type of a model,where the board of directors sits somewhere,the authority resides there and the hired CEO runs the company and reports to the board. But you cannot have the largest democracy of the world running in this manner.”

The BJP leader also stressed on the importance of higher economic growth rates to sustain welfare measures. “Our objective should be to have higher growth rates so that an enriched government has enough money to spend on poverty alleviation programmes. You cannot rely on merely potential populism in order to pursue your politics,” he told industry leaders.

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