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Govt failed to defend its own policies, says Praful Patel

Heavy industries minister Praful Patel on Saturday said the UPA-2 government has failed to defend its own policies particularly telecom spectrum and coal block allocations, which cost them politically.

‘I think somewhere we went wrong. We must admit it that we failed to defend some of our (government’s) own policies,’ Patel said while addressing FICCI’s 86th Annual General Meeting.

Elaborating further he said, ‘I think political executive must be able to drive change. That is going to be possible when you institute a sense of confidence in people who deliver and execute, that we are standing behind you.’

‘We have taken well judged and well principled decision and we stand by (them) and we will implement it and if there is anything coming in the way, we will make sure that we stand behind you.

‘I think the last three years, somewhere we have lost the direction on this count and that has costed the country dearly and that has costed us politically,’ he added.

Elaborating further he said, ‘When it came to 2G (spectrum) issue, we failed to defend why the policy as it is, good for the country and if at all there were areas of implementation which were not politically right or transparent enough to pass any test, I think those could have been addressed. But we ended up not defending the policy itself.’
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