Finance minister Arun Jaitley said the NDA government has overcome the policy paralysis set in during the UPA regime and made India a global bright spot.
He was reacting to former prime minister Manmohan Singh’s comments that Modi government was a failure on economic and foreign policy fronts.
“If Dr Singh would dispassionately analyse the present government, he would really realize 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 North Block to push files/decisions, where environmental clearances are dealt with in routine and not stalled on sadistic or corrupt considerations,” Jaitley said in a Facebook post.
The post which was titled as ‘What Dr Manmohan Singh should advise his party’, Jaitley accused the former PM of being partisan and against the national interest.
“Former Presidents and Prime Ministers 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 in broader national interest,” Jaitley said.
Jaitley said Modi government has changed the Indian economy by clearing up accumulated challenges piled on by the UPA government.
“…In power and infrastructure areas, sectoral challenges were not addressed during the UPA. It is the present government which is clearing up these accumulated challenges,” claimed Jaitley.
“India’s journey is from ‘policy-paralysis’ to a global ‘bright-spot’, as the fastest growing economy moves on notwithstanding major challenges,” he added.
On the issue of stalled GST bill, Jaitley blamed the Congress of doing a complete turnaround.
“The Congress has done a volte face. Both the Parliamentary Affairs Minister and myself have discussed the GST with every senior Congress leader in Parliament,” the Finance Minister said while claiming that almost all political parties supported GST except the Congress.
He went on to allege that Congress’ position on “Constitutional cap” on GST rates was “motivated by real politics”.
“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,” Jaitley lashed out.
Manmohan Singh had criticised the government for not reaching out “enough” to the Congress, the principal opposition party.
“I have had the opportunity to talk to the PM once or twice and I have told him that he has to reach out to the Opposition much more effectively… There has been no serious discussion with the Congress, whether it is on foreign policy or domestic policy, and even on the GST,” Singh had told a news magazine on Friday.
(With inputs from PTI)