Congress on Friday asked Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to act on economy before he too became an ex finance minister.
The party’s chief spokesperson, Randeep Surjewala said, “All he did was insult his predecessor and senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Yashwant Sinha by passing remarks that should be unacceptable in political life…Unless effective measures are taken to set the economy’s course right, Jaitley will himself have the distinction and luxury of being a former Finance Minister.”
This was in response to Jaitley’s personal attack against the BJP veteran, Yashwant Sinha, who had criticised the central government for the mess in economy. While responding to Sinha’s Indian Express column, Jaitley on Thursday had insultingly referred to his 84-year-old party colleague as ‘former finance minister’ who was a job applicant at 80.
In a no holds barred attack, Jaitley called Sinha a “job applicant at 80” and accused him of “acting in tandem” with Congress leader P. Chidambaram, also a former finance minister. Jaitley did not stop here. He took potshots at Sinha by referring him as former finance minister, who had now become a newspaper columnist.
At the launch of a book event, Jaitley said, “Probably a more appropriate title for the book would have been ‘India @70, Modi @3.5 and a job applicant @80′”, an apparent dig at Sinha who is 84.
Jaitley’s personal remarks earned him plenty of condemnation with many concluding that it was a sign of his nervousness on his failure as the country’s finance minister.
Meanwhile, Sinha has hit back at Jaitley saying if he applied for the country’s finance minister, the latter would not be a minister