The BJP Thursday hit out at Finance Minister P. Chidambaram’s comments at the World Economic Forum (WEF) on the party’s economic policies, and quoted a report by a leading finance firm that the Narendra Modi-led BJP government, if elected, would be more business-friendly.
“P. Chidambaram is in Davos to attend the World Economic Forum. He was expected to market the Indian economy when the political and trade leaders of various countries meet. Instead, he has chosen to speak on the Bharatiya Janata Party and Modi,” Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley said in a blog.
“He questions the BJP’s ability to administer the national economy. Coincidentally, on the day that he chose to speak about the BJP and Narendra Modi at Davos, Moody’s has come out with its India report which is highlighted in the media. Its reporting indicates that the industry is today waiting for a political change led by Narendra Modi for a major turnaround to take place,” Jaitley said.
Chidambaram Wednesday hit out at the BJP, terming its economic policies as retrograde and said they had a “blood-eyed economic model”.
An arm of finance firm Moody’s Corporation said the Modi-led government, if elected, should offer a “more business-friendly policy that will further support confidence and investment”.
Jaitley also lashed out at Law Minister Kapil Sibal for calling Modi a salesman.
He said the Congress had “nothing to sell and nothing to show”.
Sibal had also called Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal a “showman”.
“The party may choose to decry its opponents as salesmen and showmen. Regrettably, the Congress party has nothing to sell and certainly nothing to show to the electorate of this country,” Jaitley said.
Jaitley also clarified on former Karnataka chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa rejoining the party.
“A few charges against him have been quashed by the high court” and “the party has not offered him any position but he has unconditionally offered to work for the BJP”, he said.
Jaitley also questioned the Congress for joining hands with Lalu Prasad’s Rashtriya Janata Dal.
“It (Congress) has chosen to enter into an alliance with a convicted Lalu Prasad Yadav. It has decided to protect its former chief minister Ashok Chavan from prosecution by the governor refusing to grant sanction,” he said.