If BJP is strong, then everyone will come on board: Arun Jaitley

If BJP is strong, then everyone will come on board: Arun Jaitley

Speaking on Zee Media’s #BBV, the leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha dismissed Rahul Gandhi’s intervention on UPA ordinance to shield convicted politicians as a “damage control” exercise.

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Narendra Modi is ‘first among equals’ in Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and in him the saffron party has found a focused leader to bring the change that country is clamouring for, said Arun Jaitley. The leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha was interviewed by guest anchor Ashutosh Rana on Nishane Pe under Zee Media’s Bharat Bhagya Vidhata initiative.

While Jaitley endorsed Modi’s leadership as natural, he was all praise for senior patriarch Lal Krishna Advani’s role in building the party from the grassroots and nurturing the current generation of leaders including Modi and himself. If Jaitley is to be believed, the party and its leaders still look at Advani as mentor and philosopher.

“Advaniji has given ideological direction to the party. He speaks for issues and not the individual. Post is immaterial for a leader of his stature. The party still looks at him as mentor and philosopher.” On a specific query on the likely role for Advani should the party win, he said, he evaded a direct reply.

But, the party is betting on Modi’s leadership to give its best shot at the hustings.

“All parties project their best leaders to motivate cadre and organisation. These are part of electoral calculations,” stressed Jaitley.

The leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha categorically said that “if the party is strong, then everyone will come on board.”

On BJP’s poll strategy, Jaitley said that “This election is not about arithmetic. It will be fought for change. We’ll improve our strike rate in stronghold areas and focus on increasing our vote share in states with marginal or negligible presence.”

Jaitley didn’t miss to point that Modi’s rallies in Hyderabad and Trichy drew huge crowds. But, will crowd translate into votes?

“Modi’s acceptability is increasing across the country. Lakhs of people are turning at his rallies spontaneously,” Jaitley responded to Rana.

The BJP leader who served as cabinet minister in various capacities during the Vajpayee-led NDA government questioned Congress scion Rahul Gandhi’s stand against the UPA government’s controversial ordinance to shield convicted lawmakers.

“Why Rahul Gandhi intervened so late? If it was due to morality then he should have acted against the ordinance when it was taken up by his own government and cabinet? I think his current stand is just a damage control exercise.”

On viability of third front, Jaitley dismissed it as a “failed experiment”. The country’s politics has polarised around two principal parties – Congress and the BJP. Parties which are opposed to Congress won’t support them and will have no choice but to come with BJP to give an anti-Congress government.

Jaitley, however, urged that it is time India politics matured. There is too much acrimony and it investigative agencies have become a tool at the hands of ruling regimes.

“Politics of vendetta must end. There is a need to make investigative agencies more transparent and neutral. BJP has taken a clear stand on the independence of CBI. Our governments whether in Gujarat or elsewhere have never targeted opposition to serve political goals,” he said. He reiterated BJP’s commitment to appoint the CBI chief by a panel comprising PM, leader of opposition and Chief Justice of India.

Jaitley defended BJP stalling the parliament as a pressure tactic to make government listen to its genuine demands for Joint Parliamentary Committee probe into the 2G spectrum allocation scam or its demand for enquiry in coal block allocations.

“Stalling parliamentary proceedings is a way to put pressure on a government which is not listening. It was done in national interest to highlight corruption.”

On the delay in Goods and Services Tax, he urged to see it as a federal issue rather than political.

“It is not a Congress versus BJP issue. Centre must win states’ confidence to ensure GST is rolled across the country. Many states have legitimate fears and that needs to be addressed.”

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Jaitley, however, urged that it is time India politics matured. There is too much acrimony and it investigative agencies have become a tool at the hands of ruling regimes``. Yes we agree on it and we saw it in gujarat i.e.some ips officers and some ib`s.

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