New Delhi: Claiming that Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi are not on the
same page, the BJP today said government has to be
large-hearted and not act as "big brother" for creating a
political consensus, which is key to economic reforms.
"If you need a political consensus, Government has to be
big-hearted. You cannot continue to act like the big brother,"
Leader of the Opposition Arjun Jaitley said, initiating the
debate in the Rajya Sabha on the Appropriation Bill moved by
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee.
Questioning the political structure of the UPA, Jaitley
said, "The Prime Minister cannot be a CEO merely implementing
decisions by the Board... he must be vested with authority and
Unlike UPA-I, where the twin leadership was on the same
page, in UPA-II they appear to be on different pages, even
ideologically, Jaitley said.
He said even on issues like FDI in retail, there was not a
single statement from the UPA Chairman and there was no
consensus even within UPA constituents.
"Before we can be told, please develop consensus within
the UPA," Jaitley said.
Mukherjee has been stating that it was the lack of
political consensus and disruption of Parliament which have
blocked key economic issues.
Jaitley said support of the Opposition parties at the
Centre cannot be ensured if the non-Congress states are
discriminated in the matters of allocation of coal blocks.
Also, several of the state level legislations are pending
the Governor`s clearance.
He said the roadmap for a political consensus can be laid
by a Prime Minister who "must act with authority".
Jaitley, however, was all praise for Mukherjee who has
played a trouble-shooter for the government on several