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Arun Jaitley: Reformist, political FM the NDA will now have to do without

Jaitley has never been against affirmative action-type of politics, only its fall-out - the rise of caste-based parties, which seem to have no superstructure of governance or ethics driving it

Arun Jaitley
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Arun Jaitley

Aditi Phadnis New Delhi
For the time being, Arun Jaitley will not be available to the Narendra Modi government for hands-on intervention in running the administration. 

As Finance Minister (2014-19), his contribution was political much more than economic. After a two-term tenure of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) when L K Advani seemed loath to leave the spotlight and the BJP seemed to be staring at a political dead end, Jaitley was one of those who pushed and propelled Narendra Modi centre-stage, edging out his former mentor. Little wonder then, that not only was he given the most important portfolio in the Modi government

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First Published: May 29 2019 | 11:34 PM IST

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