In his first speech as the Finance Minister of India, BJP leader Arun Jaitley said that the massive victory that his party secured in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls had increased the burden on them to perform and meet the expectations of the people.
“Indian democracy is evolving. People want stable government and want it to rule for 5 years,” he said adding, “People were feeling helpless and were angry. We came to power due to anti-incumbency and also due to the hope factor and faith that they had in our leader Narendra Modi.”
At the same time Jaitley said that the Congress must learn from its past mistakes. “Vote bank politics was shown its place. There is a danger of a party being in power for too long. The Bharat Nirman ads were not what was happening on the ground. The verdict against Congress was because of what did not happen.”
“We got much more seats than we expected so that is why the burden is that much more on us. The President’s address yesterday reflected the future of India,” the Union Minister maintained.
Accusing the Congress for leaving the economy of the country in a mess he said, “In 2004 when Congress came to power we had limped back to 8.5 per cent. And what have we have inherited – India has grown at less than 5 per cent. That is disappointing. The April figure of inflation is 8.9 per cent.”