Vice President releases book on Arun Jaitley on his birth anniversary

SansadTV Bureau

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu Jaitley bookVice President M Venkaih Naidu has called for an enlightened debate on all larger issues and stressed on the fact that dissent has to be expressed in a democratic and non-violent manner.

“Constitutional methods and violence do not go together,” he said.

The Vice President said this while paying rich tributes to Late Arun Jaitley on his birth anniversary. He went down the memory lane recalling his long association with the former union minister.

Releasing a book titled, ‘The Renaissance Man-The Many Facets of Arun Jaitley,’ the Vice President said that even months after the passing away of his closest friend, he found it difficult to come to terms with the bitter fact that Jaitley was no more.

He said “Whenever there is a need for enlightened debate, Jaitley will be missed.”

Describing Jaitley as a thorough gentleman and a man of impeccable integrity, and said that he never compromised on principles and was a staunch opponent of corruption.

Stating that Jaitley was a shining example of a leader with 4Cs – Character, Calibre, Capacity, and Conduct, the Vice President expressed concerns that there was a worrisome trend in politics with people bringing in other 4Cs- Caste, Community, Criminality, and Cash.

The Vice President asked aspiring politicians to emulate these qualities of Jaitley and serve the nation.

Recollecting his association with Jaitley, the Vice President said that Jaitley Ji and he became fellow travelers in the “rough-and-tumble of Indian politics and developed a mutual admiration and respect for each other.

Describing Jaitley as “a multi-faceted genius and a powerhouse of knowledge with a sharp analytical mind,” Naidu recalled his ability to communicate effectively and explain even the most complex matters in a simple, lucid manner. “His frankness was another admirable quality and he never hesitated to call a spade a spade,” he added.

Stating that Jaitley was his go-to man for many decades, the Vice President said that he used to seek Jaitley’s sage counsel whenever needed.

Referring to Jaitley’s deft handling of the economy at a critical time, the Vice President said that his persuasive skills and the spirit of camaraderie were in full display to evolve a consensus during the tough negotiations with states for GST.

Unmindful of his health, Jaitley Ji had to burn the midnight oil on many occasions to build consensus and for the successful roll-out of GST, he said.

The Vice President also referred to various measures taken by Jaitley as Union Finance Minister to ensure that the banking sector did not slip into a deeper morass due to NPAs. The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code introduced during his tenure proved to be a revolutionary step, he said.

He said that the book was brought out by his son, Muppavarapu Harshavardhan and daughter, Deepa Venkat as a token of love and affection for Arun Jaitley. The book was released in the gracious presence of Mrs. Sangeeta Jaitley, wife of late Arun Jaitley, his daughter, and son.

Speaker, Lok Sabha, Shri Om Birla, Deputy Chairman, Rajya Sabha, Shri Harivansh, Minister for Law & Justice, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of State for External Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs, Shri V. Muraleedharan, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal, Chairman Prasar Bharati Board, Shri A Surya Prakash, several eminent editors, senior journalists were among the dignitaries present at the event.