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Jaitley hits back at Manmohan Singh; asks him to be non-partisan

"The economist in Dr Singh should advice his party that tariffs are not provided for in the Constitution. This is what nation expects from the senior leaders and statesmen like former Prime Ministers," he added

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Arun Jaitley
Arun Jaitley

Tearing into former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's criticism of Modi government, Finance Minister today said the transition from to government has been from "policy-paralysis" to a global "bright-spot" while Congress' stand on the crucial has been motivated by "real politics".

In a post titled 'What Dr. should advise his Party', Jaitley said unlike in the regime when policies were framed from headquarters at 24, Akbar Road, in the government Prime Minister has the last word.

"Former and rarely speak, but when they do, the nation should listen to them with rapt attention. They represent the wisdom of the nation. They are expected to be non-partisan, render constructive advice and at times send a powerful message even to their own political party to act for broader interest," he remarked.

Stating that he had consistently held Singh in high respect, he expected the same from him.

Referring to Singh's interview to a periodical over Modi not reaching out to the and the government not doing enough to move up the country's economy, he said, "I am sure if Dr Singh would dispassionately analyse the present government, he would really realise India has a government where the Prime Minister has the last word, where natural resources are allocated without corruption through transparent process. Where industrialists no longer visit the to push files/decisions, where environmental clearances are dealt with in routine and not stalled on sadistic or corrupt considerations."

Posing a question if there was any change in the work culture, the Finance Minister said the public sector banks were hardly run by their own boards or even by during the government.

"They were run from 24, Akbar Road. In areas, sectoral challenges were not addressed during the It is the present government which is clearing up these accumulated challenges," he said.

Jaitley said many stalled infrastructure projects have now started moving. "India's journey is from 'policy-paralysis' to a global 'bright-spot', as the moves on withstanding major challenges."


On consultations with the opposition, he said almost all political parties except the Congress, support the GST.

"The has done a volte face. Both the and myself have discussed the GST with every senior leader in Parliament," he said.

He asked if the Congress' position on "constitutional cap" on GST rates is not "motivated by real "

"The economist in Dr Singh should advice his party that tariffs are not provided for in the Constitution. This is what nation expects from the senior leaders and statesmen like former Prime Ministers," he added.

First Published: Sat, February 13 2016. 14:22 IST
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