Senior BJP leader and Union Minister Arun Jaitley praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the 4th anniversary of the BJP-led NDA government. Calling his government ‘scam-free’, Jaitley said the country has transformed from being a part of the fragile five’ to the “bright spot” on global stage.
The focus of the government will now be on consolidation of the initiatives taken in the past, he said in his Facebook post titled ‘My Reflections on the NDA Government after Completion of Four Years in Power’.
Taking a swipe at Congress, Jaitley said the preceding ten years of the UPA rule had unquestionably witnessed the most corrupt government since Independence.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi created transparent systems through legislative and institutional changes which have given this country a scam-free governance. Unlike the UPA, the Prime Minister is the natural leader of both his party and the nation,” wrote Jaitley, who had undergone a renal transplant earlier this month.
He said the country has witnessed a journey from indecisiveness to clarity and decisiveness.
“India has transformed from being a part of the “fragile five” to the “bright spot” on the global economic scene. A regime of policy paralysis has been transformed into one of decisions and actions.
Good governance and good economics have been blended with good politics, he added.
“…the BJP is more confident, its geographical base has become much bigger, its social base has expanded and its winnability has hugely increased. The Congress is in desperation without the perks of office,” Jaitley said.
Jaitley said India has to transform from a tax non-compliant society to a tax-compliant society.
“The enactment and implementation of the Goods and Services Tax, the impact of demonetisation, effective tax compliance are all steps against black money, steps which are formalising the Indian economy. The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code has changed the lender-creditor relationship,” he said.
“Having inherited the mess, the NDA, year after year, has brought it down to 3.5 per cent and shall, this year, try and deliver a 3.3 per cent fiscal deficit,” he said.
In a further attack on Congress, he termed the Opposition grouping a “fictional narrative”.
“Some of their leaders are temperamental, the others occasionally change ideological positions,” he said, adding the BJP shared powers with Mamata Banerjee’s TMC, DMK of Tamil Nadu, Chandrababu Naidu’s TDP, Mayawati’s BSP and the JD(S) of Karnataka.
“They frequently change political positions. They have supported the BJP claiming that it is in larger national interest and then turned turtle and oppose it in the name of secularism. These are ideologically flexible political groups. Stable politics is far from their political track record,” he said.
The aspirational India which today occupies the high table in the world shall never accept an idea which has repeatedly failed. “History teaches us this lesson,” he added.
(With inputs from PTI)