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Congress has nothing to sell, nothing to show to India: Jaitley

January 23, 2014 17:45 IST

UPA is perceived as the most corrupt government in history...

Leadership of both the party and the government is perceived to be non-inspirational...

The enthusiasm of investors in the Indian economy has disappeared....

Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley on why the Congress may end up getting its lowest figure in the history of Indian parliamentary elections.

After displaying a lack of will to fight in an adverse political scenario, two prominent UPA Ministers have finally spoken out.

P Chidambaram is in Davos to attend the World Economic Forum. He was expected to market the Indian economy when the political and trade leaders of various countries’ meet.

Instead, he has chosen to speak on BJP and Narendra Modi.

He questions the BJP’s ability to administer the national economy.

The audience still had fair memories of management of India’s economy between 1998 and 2004. Not many critical mentions are there for that period.

Coincidentally, on the day that he chose to speak about the BJP and Modi at Davos, Moody’s has come out with its India report which is highlighted in the media. Its reporting indicates that the Industry is today waiting for a political change led by Modi for a major turn-around to take place.

Kapil Sibal in his customary style has chosen to talk down on the Opposition.

His blog refers to Modi as a ‘salesman’ and Arvind Kejriwal as a ‘showman’.

He and the finance minister have not only overlooked the fact that Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Goa are today regarded as one of the better administered states where the GDP growth is much higher than the national average though three of them have earlier been in the Bimaru category.

The agricultural growth in States like MP and Gujarat is in double figures which has brought prosperity to the people.

But Kapil Sibal’s talk of ‘salesman’ is different.

“Why is Modi quiet on BS Yeddyurappa’s entrance into BJP?,” he asks.

He then refers to some unproven charges against ministers being made in other states administered by the BJP.

The moment the charge-sheet was filed against BS Yeddyurappa, the party asked him to resign. This caused a split in its Karnataka unit and eventually cost it the state government.

Today, he has unconditionally joined the party. A few charges against him have been quashed by the high court and in the balance the trial is not proceeding. The party has not offered him any position but he has unconditionally offered to work for the BJP.

Contrast this with what Kapil Sibal’s own party has been doing.

It has chosen to enter into an alliance with a convicted Lalu Prasad Yadav.

It has decided to protect its former chief minister Ashok Chavan from prosecution by the Governor refusing to grant sanction.

His government has been involved in the largest ever corruption cases whether they relate to the 2G spectrum allocation or the coal block allocation.

The power sector in India is suffering because mining in a large number of coal blocks is paralysed today.

His party leadership is unable to take action against the Himachal Pradesh CM where unlawful gratification through cheques stands established.

I am certain that Kapil is not unaware of the business transactions of sons and son-in-laws of his leaders.

His party has given a government to this country which is perceived as the most corrupt government in history.

The enthusiasm of investors in the Indian economy has disappeared. A reverse flight of capital has increased. Inflation and corruption have caused a rout of his party in the recent assembly elections.

Leadership of both the party and the government is perceived to be non-inspirational.

His finance minister on Wednesday admitted that his party goes into the election as an under-dog. The Congress may end up getting its lowest figure in the history of Indian parliamentary elections.

The party may choose to decry its opponents as salesmen and showmen. Regrettably, the Congress party has nothing to sell and certainly nothing to show to the electorate of this country.

Arun Jaitley