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Totally irrelevant, Mr Jaitley!

Posted on: November 27, 2014

What Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on black money in Parliament was TOTALLY irrelevant. The issue was not what the government is, or is not, doing. The point under discussion was Narendra Modi’s promise.
Before the Lok Sabha elections, the BJP had formally declared Narendra Modi as the Prime Ministerial candidate — the first time a party in India had done so. Modi iterated and reiterated dozens of times during the election campaign that if his party was voted to power, he would bring back the entire black money stashed in foreign banks within 100 days.
The BJP was voted to power and Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister. Nearly 200 days have elapsed since. Modi has not only failed to bring back the black money from foreign banks but has also stopped even talking about that. The people of the country have the right to seek answers to certain pertinent questions arising from this situation.
When Modi was repeatedly making the promise to bring back black money within 100 days, was he doing so with definitive information which he had and others apparently did not have or did not want to disclose? Or was he taking the people of the country for a ride with the intention of luring them into voting for the BJP?
If he did have some information, the people who have voted for his party need to be taken into confidence and told about it and also the nature of difficulties that have arisen preventing him from fulfilling his 100-day deadline promise. This should better be explained by Modi himself. Even Arun Jaitley did not touch upon these issues but continued to harp on clichés so often heard in Parliament during the ‘corrupt’ UPA regime of Manmohan Singh. That is a dead horse now. Why does Jaitley continue to flog it to hide his own government’s failures?
If Modi’s 100-day deadline promise was based on nothing substantial, he should stand up as a man and apologise to the people of the country for making a fool of them. This cannot be left to others like Arun Jaitley.
In the late eighties’, Vishwanath Pratap Singh had sought – and got – power by promising to book the culprits of the Bofors within 30 days. That turned out to be as big a hoax as Modi’s 100-day deadline to bring back black money. The people felt cheated as they are feeling now. Some mechanism needs to be developed to take to task such unconscionable demagogues for taking the people for granted for their selfish ends. Then only the country can have a healthy democracy.

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