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‘Credibility crisis’ in UPA: Jaitley

‘Credibility crisis’ in UPA: Jaitley
Speaking on the Motion of Thanks on the President’s address, Leader of Opposition Arun Jaitley on Wednesday said  there was a credibility crisis in the government and criticised the slow growth in the power, telecom and the highways sectors. ‘When UPA came to power nine years ago, there was a buzz of excitement about India. The NDA had left power with 8 per cent growth rate and now, we may have a less than 5 per cent growth rate. The atmosphere has changed from that of enthusiasm to sense of cynicism about India,’ said Jaitley.

The BJP leader advised the government to introspect about its governance model which cannot function properly in a democratic set up. ‘In any democracy, in policy making, in governance, the last word should be of that of the Prime Minister. The UPA is not following this governance model... There is a leadership crisis and there is crisis of credibility. The leadership crisis is obvious as dual power centres cannot function in a democracy,’ said the Leader of Opposition, Rajya Sabha.

The BJP leader said the Prime Minister and his cabinet have the collective responsibility of running the nation and there cannot be an advisory council over it whose decisions are bound to be followed by the ministries of the government. ‘This weakens the government and this impacts its functioning,’ said Jaitley.

The BJP leader also  said the number of corruption charges against the government in the last three-four years have raised question marks over its credibility and also changed the way India is looked upon in the world. ‘When you are in government, you create your own propaganda and you yourself start buying it, we also faced this problem. You think everyone has a mobile phone in their hands and they are happy,’ said Jaitley.

Commenting on the investment atmosphere, Jaitley said not only foreigners but Indians are also now feeling that India is not a place to invest.  He added that if the government does  not reverse this process, then we will be left behind in the fight against poverty.’The power sector has suffered because of corruption in allocation of coal mines. Why the National Highway Development programme has slowed down,’ the BJP leader asked. Jaitley said the policies of the NDA government led the tele-density in the country to grow from 0.8 per cent to 70 per cent but today the situation is such that no one is willing to buy spectrum.


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WHEN UPA CAME to power nine years ago, there was a buzz of excitement about India. The NDA had left power with 8 per cent growth rate and now, we may have a less than 5 per cent growth rate. The atmosphere has changed from that of enthusiasm to sense of cynicism about India, Jaitley said.

IN ANY DEMOCRACY, in policy making, in governance, the last word should be of that of the Prime Minister. The UPA is not following this governance model... There is a leadership crisis and there is crisis of credibility. The leadership crisis is obvious as dual power centres cannot function in a democracy, he said
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