Mumbai: BJP leader Arun Jaitley feels
ministers in the Manmohan Singh government are either
"arrogant or sulking" and that it was tough to have a dialogue
Jaitley made this remark while asserting it was up to the
government to initiate a consensus with the Opposition over
passage of important legislations in Parliament.
The Leader of the Opposition however had a word of praise
for Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, saying he has
made efforts to build consensus with the BJP.
"This government(of UPA) has two kinds of ministers
--arrogant or sulking. Only Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee
has made efforts to build consensus with us," Jaitley said,
adding it was difficult to have a dialogue with the UPA
Jaitley also asked the corporate sector to advise the
Prime Minister rather than to the Opposition to evolve a
consensus on various legislations, some of which remained
stalled in the Winter session of Parliament.
"How do I cooperate with a government which has decided
not to do anything. You should write to the Prime Minister
before writing an open letter to us (Opposition)," Jaitley
said at the Express Adda, during an interaction with
representatives from the trade and industry here last night.
Corporate India should have same standards for judging
the Opposition and the government, he said.
"The Prime Minister should be asked if there is consensus
within the UPA," he added.
Jaitley alleged there has been a decline in standards of
government leadership. "There is lack of ability to take
obvious decisions. This regime has lost credibility because
the Prime Minister gave clean chits to everybody against whom
charges of corruption were levelled," he alleged.
The BJP leader said his party decided to support the
Pension bill and the government too accepted some minor
changes suggested by it. "However, the government immediately
withdrew the bill because of pressure from within the
alliance," he said in an apparent reference to objections by