The opposition “mahagathbandhan” (grand alliance) is a club of “nawabs of negativity” and the only glue of this diverse grouping is its opposition to one man (Narendra Modi), Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Thursday. Arun Jaitley said that the only motive of all these parties has remained and that is the reduction of PM Modi. Apart from this, they do not understand anything else. The Finance Minister also called the leaders of the Mahagathbandhan as ‘Nawab of Negativity’.
“The nawabs of negativity may come together but that is not something that will carry credibility as far as people are concerned,” Mr Jaitley said, speaking via video link at the CNBC-TV18 India Business Leadership Awards event. During the video call, Mr Jaitley also spoke about the Union Budget.
This was the first time Mr Jaitley, now in the US for medical treatment, addressed a gathering since leaving the country on Tuesday. After the recent BJP‘s defeat in the three Hindi-speaking states, some opposition leaders have started to take the option of coalition and hope for victory in the elections. The “mahagathbandhan” has neither the ideological cohesiveness nor a common programme aimed at building the country or an individual leader, Mr Jaitley said.
As against the BJP’s strengths of leadership, decisiveness, performance and potential, the point being put forward by the opposition is of arithmetic, Mr Jaitley highlighted.
In politics, it is not the arithmetic but chemistry which succeeds, he added. “The premise is that we have politics which is negative in character and the negative politics is we want one man (Narendra Modi) out. On that negativity of wanting one man out, they (Opposition) have come together,” Mr Jaitley said.
Senior BJP leader Mr Jaitley said that there is a need to raise the level of political debate while preparing for the election. We cannot afford a “sloganised political debate” where emotional cries take over sound policy.
Without mentioning the promise of farm loan waivers, which the opposition Congress is pitching for, the minister said, “economy get no advantage over sloganised politics and it is the country’s aspirations which will receive a setback in the process.”