Jaitley took on Union Finance Minister, P Chidambaram and Law Minister, Kapil Sibal and said that both of them had decided to speak out after UPA government had displayed a lack of will to fight in an adverse political scenario.
The BJP leader said that Chidambaram, who was in Davos to attend the World Economic Forum, was expected to market the Indian economy but instead chose to speak on Modi.
Jaitley said, “He questions the BJP’s ability to administer the national economy. The audience still had fair memories of management of India’s economy between 1998 and 2004. Not many critical mentions are there for that period,” adding, “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 turn-around to take place.”
Reacting to Sibal’s blog wherein he had dubbed Gujarat CM and BJP’s PM candidate for 2014 General Elections as a ‘salesman par excellence’, Jaitley wrote, “Kapil Sibal in his customary style has chosen to talk down on the Opposition. His blog refers to Narendra Modi as a ‘salesman’ and Arvind Kejriwal as a ‘showman’. He and the Finance Minister have not only overlooked the fact that Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Goa are today regarded as one of the better administered states where the GDP growth is much higher than the national average though three of them have earlier been in the Bimaru category.”
On the criticism of BJP by Sibal for re-inducting former Karnataka CM back into the party, Jaitley said that BS Yeddyurappa was asked to resign as soon as the chargesheet was filed. “This caused a split in its Karnataka unit and eventually cost it the state government. Today he has unconditionally joined the party. A few charges against him have been quashed by the High Court and in the balance the trial is not proceeding,” he wrote.