BJP seen as pro-Hindutva, why would anyone prefer a clone?’ Jaitley’s dig at Rahul
- “BJP has always been seen as a pro-Hindutva party, so if an original is available why would anyone prefer a clone?” Jaitley said, taking a dig at Rahul Gandhi
- “While BJP has maintained its credibility, Congress is slowly becoming extinct,” Jaitley said
Finance minister Arun Jaitley
Union minister and senior BJP leader Arun Jailtey on Saturday asserted his party’s ‘Hindutva’ roots and said those parading their newfound Hindu piety were nothing but “clones”.
“BJP has always been seen as a pro-Hindutva party and if someone wants to mimic us, I do not have any complaint. But there is a basic principle in politics, if an original is available why would anyone prefer a clone?” Jailtey told media persons in Surat.
The finance minister’s barbed remarks were in response to Congress leader Kapil Sibal’scharge that Prime Minister Narendra Modi can no longer be called a Hindu as he had completely embraced fundamentalist ideology. It was also a sly dig at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, who has been on a temple-visiting spree in Gujarat ahead of the assembly election later this month.
One such pilgrimage of Rahul’s sparked a massive furore in the last few days, after it was reported that the Congress leader’s name was allegedly listed as a ‘non-Hindu’ visitor at the famed Somnath Temple. The BJP fulminated against Rahul and asked him to come clean on his religious leanings, while the Congress, in damage control mode, proclaimed Rahul a devout ‘janeu dhaari Hindu’.
This was buttressed by Rahul’s own assertion that he came from a family of ‘Shiv bhakts’, but chose not to discuss his faith publicly as it was a “personal” matter, a statement at odds with his recent streak of visiting 20-odd temples in poll-bound Gujarat over the last several weeks.
In light of the BJP sweeping the UP civic polls and the Congress party’s dismal show, Jaitley said the grand old party is on the cusp of extinction and will meet a bitter defeat in Gujarat, where the saffron party has ruled for the last 20 years.
“While BJP has maintained its credibility, Congress is slowly becoming extinct. The results haven’t been out yet and they have already started making excuses for their defeat,” he remarked when asked about allegations of EVM tampering.
He added that before the BJP came to power in Gujarat, there was rampant “social polarization” in the state.
Coming down heavily on the erstwhile UPA regime headed by Manmohan Singh, finance minister Arun Jaitley called it the “most corrupt” and “leaderless” government in Indian history.
“The 10 years of governance before Modi Ji’s govt was the most corrupt government we have ever seen. It was a leaderless government. It was said that the then PM is a PM in office but not in power,” he said.
The finance minister said the UPA dispensation was plagued by policy paralysis, which adversely affected India’s growth and economy. The turnaround began when the Modi-led BJP came to power in 2014 and through reforms and elimination of red-tapism, the Indian economy is now on an upward trajectory, he said.
“India was part of fragile five economies in the world and at one-point discussions were going on whether India will be out of BRICS. Foreign investments had completely stopped at a point in India. Today, we have come up by 42 positions in the World Bank’s ranking of Ease of doing business,” Jaitley said.
Source: Times of India