Arun Jaitley

Priyanka Gandhi has lowered political discourse: Jaitley

Arun-JaitleyNew Delhi, April 28 : BJP leader Arun Jaitley Monday accused Congress president Sonia Gandhi's daughter Priyanka Gandhi Vadra of lowering the "quality of political discourse".

"(Priyanka Gandhi) Vadra has announced that she is not afraid of anyone. She has compared the BJP to 'the panic-stricken rats'... She has lowered the quality of political discourse by her comments," Jaitley said in a blog published Monday.

"Language provides a facility where even sharp comments can be made in a dignified manner," he said.

Jaitley questions Amarinder on Tytler clean chit

Jaitley questions Amarinder on Tytler clean chitNew Delhi, April 21 : Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley Monday questioned Congress leader Amarinder Singh on his clean chit to Jagdish Tytler in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

"It is for the investigating and judicial process to find out the truth.  Why has captain Amarinder Singh become the 'Devil's Advocate' and decided to offer a clean chit to Jagdish Tytler? Is he trying to prejudge the guilt of a person who is perceived to be involved in the riots? Is personal and political relationship more important to the Captain than the interest of the victims?" said Jaitley in his blog.

UPA's 'unholy haste' will destroy Lokpal's credibility: Jaitley

Arun-JaitleyNew Delhi, April 20 : Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley Sunday said the UPA government's "unholy haste" in pushing for the appointment of a Lokpal will destroy its credibility.

"It would be a gross political impropriety and violation of the code of conduct if the UPA would rush through its appointment at this stage. Besides this, the procedure is legally a suspect. Such unholy haste will destroy the credibility of the Lokpal even before it is formed," Jaitley wrote on his blog.

Jaitley asks why Congress has stopped compensating border area farmers

Arun-JaitleyAmritsar, Apr 18 : Addressing rallies in Amritsar District's Dhariwal, Bachiwind and Chogawan Villages on Friday, Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP) candidate Arun Jaitley praised the spirit of farmers for sacrificing their produce and earnings for the cause of the nation.

Jaitley, who travelled to the border areas to get a feel about farmer-related concerns, used his visit to these areas to express his solidarity with them and promised them full co-operation and compensation should he be elected by them.

He criticised the central government on the issue of stopping the compensation scheme started by the Atal Behari Vajpayee Government.

A house for Mr Jaitley; complaint with EC

Arun-JaitleyAmritsar, April 14 : BJP leader Arun Jaitley's move to buy a house to establish his credentials with Amritsar's voters and prove he is here to stay could get him into trouble. His main opponent, the Congress' Amarinder Singh, has told the poll panel that the cost of the house be added to the election expenses of the BJP candidate.

Jaitley's response to the controversy was guarded, though he hit out at Amarinder Singh for his "unbeatable capacity to singularly lower the level of political discourse" and sought to know if people would have go to his place in Patiala to meet him.

Foul language against Modi started by Sonia, says Jaitley

Foul language against Modi started by Sonia, says JaitleyNew Delhi, March 28 : BJP leader Arun Jaitley Friday accused the Congress of using inappropriate language, saying that it started with Sonia Gandhi's "Maut Ka Saudagar" comment on prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

Jaitley said this in his blog after Imran Masood, the Congress candidate from Uttar Pradesh's Saharanpur Lok Sabha seat, said Modi will be chopped into pieces.

Jaitley welcomes SC directive on trial of lawmakers

Arun-JaitleyNew Delhi, March 11 : BJP leader Arun Jaitley Tuesday welcomed the Supreme Court directive on expeditious trial in criminal cases involving elected representatives, saying "it was a step in the right direction".

"Criminalisation of politics has been a very serious issue confronting Indian polity. The malady has been that people with criminal track record and pending charge sheets are fielded by political parties," Jaitley said on his blog.

Competent people crucial in Lokpal panel: Arun Jaitley

Arun-JaitleyNew Delhi, Feb 27 : Commenting on eminent jurist Fali Nariman's refusal to join the Lokpal search committee panel, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley on Thursday said that it was crucial to bring in the most competent people for the Lokpal panel, and added that the government was not making any efforts in this direction.

"We are creating an institution of Lokpal for the first time, and we are doing this after 40 years of long struggle. So, we must bring in the most competent people for the Lokpal panel," said Jailtey.

Rahul late entrant on anti-graft plank: BJP

Arun-JaitleyNew Delhi, Feb 22 : Calling Rahul Gandhi a late entrant on the anti-corruption plank, the Bharatiya Janata Party Saturday said the Congress vice president should have spoken on the issue much earlier.

"He (Rahul) is a late entrant and he should have spoken on the anti-graft bills much earlier," said Arun Jaitley, leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha.

After the 15th Lok Sabha's last session Friday, Gandhi has accused the BJP of blocking passage of anti-graft bills in parliament.

BJP has however rejected the charge saying it was members of the Congress who disrupted parliament proceedings. (IANS)

Rahul veiled PM candidate of Congress: Jaitley

Arun-JaitleyNew Delhi, Jan 27 : BJP leader Arun Jaitley Monday called Rahul Gandhi Congress' prime ministerial candidate in "purdah" (veil), questioning why the party's campaign centres around him even when he is not the official candidate for the top post.

"... the campaign is centred around one person, who is the Congress Party's 'candidate in purdah'," he said in a blog post.

Single tax will not be easy to implement: Jaitley

Single tax will not be easy to implement: JaitleyA proposal to replace scrapping income tax and some other taxes with a single tax is attractive but will not be easy to implement, senior BJP leader Arun Jaitely said.

Mr.  Jaitley said that implementing a single tax would not be easy for the government to implement due to the federal structure of the country.

Speaking on the topic, he said, "At present, society is distraught with excessive taxation, complex taxation and Inspector Raj and that's why this proposal looks attractive, but there are many questions in implementation of this."

Policy Paralysis struck India during UPA rule: Arun Jaitley

Arun-JaitleyNew Delhi, Jan 18 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jailtey at the party's national council meet on Saturday said that after power shifted from the hands of the NDA government to the UP ten years back, a policy paralysis struck India.

"Ten years back when the NDA was in power, former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Bajpai faced a lot of challenges.  But a lot of economic booms took place in his government.  The national highways that were created keeping in mind its economic benefits proved to be so beneficial for the country.  But during the UPA rule a policy paralysis struck India" said Jaitley.

Demilitarization of Jammu and Kashmir will disturb country's security, says Jaitley

Arun-JaitleyNew Delhi, Jan 6 : Commenting on Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Prashant Bhushan's statement suggesting a referendum in Jammu and Kashmir to decide whether the people want the army to handle internal security, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley on Monday said that such 'ill advice' must be rejected as it disturbed the sovereignty and security of the country.

"If cross border terrorism continues, then to suggest that you demilitarize will be a disaster to India's security.  Such ill advice must always be rejected as it disturbs the sovereignty and security of the country," said Jaitley.

Clarify breakthrough with Pakistan on Kashmir: Jaitley

Arun-JaitleyNew Delhi, Jan 4 : BJP leader Arun Jaitley Saturday asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to clarify his remarks that "an important breakthrough was in sight" with Pakistan on Kashmir some years ago.

He hoped the gains made by India of stemming efforts to internationalise the Kashmir problem were not squandered.

He said the prime minister revealed for the first time that secret envoys from India and Pakistan had almost arrived at a meeting to resolve the conflict on Kashmir.

Jaitley accuses Himachal CM of being involved in three corruption cases

Arun-JaitleyNew Delhi, Dec 30 ; Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley on Monday accused Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh of being involved in cases three cases of corruption one of which involved the owner of a private company.

"In 2002, hydropower projects were allotted to a few companies in Himachal Pradesh. Out of them Venture Energy and technology private limited defaulted in the project execution, due to which their contract was canceled. Later, they were given an extension but the project was never made," said Jaitley

Court verdict has exposed conspiracy against Modi: Jaitley

Arun-JaitleyNew Delhi, Dec 26 : Hailing the court decision to dismiss a plea challenging the clean chit to Narendra Modi in a 2002 riots case, BJP leader Arun Jaitley Thursday said Thursday truth has prevailed and the conspiracy to implicate the Gujarat chief minister has been exposed.

In a series of tweets following the verdict by an Ahmedabad court, Jaitley said popular sanction for Modi, who is also the prime ministerial candidate of the Bharatiya Janata Party, has been buttressed by the judicial verdict which has accepted his exoneration by the SIT.

BJP extremely keen on passing Lokpal bill, says Jaitley

Arun-JaitleyNew Delhi, Dec 17 : The BJP is "extremely keen" on passing the Lokpal bill and has given a notice for the suspension of question hour, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley said Tuesday.

"In any case... we are extremely keen that the Lokpal bill should be passed... that is why I have given a notice for the suspension of the question hour and suspend all other business as credibility of the system is at stake. So, the first thing is to pass the Lokpal bill," Arun Jaitley told reporters outside parliament.

Jaitley taunts Congress over Pawar's remarks

Arun-JaitleyNew Delhi, Dec 10 : BJP leader Arun Jaitley Tuesday took a dig at the Congress over NCP chief Sharad Pawar's remarks blaming weak leadership for the Congress debacle in the four Hindi heartland states.

Noting that the Congress had criticised senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L. K. Advani when he had said that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was the weakest prime minister in history, he said that similar remarks had now come from a Congress ally.

"When Advaniji said that Dr Singh is the weakest PM in history, he was criticized. Now Sharad Pawar says Congress lost due to weak leaders," Jaitley tweeted.

Response to terror attacks woefully slow: Jaitley

Arun-JaitleyNew Delhi, Nov 25 : BJP leader Arun Jaitley Monday accused the central and some state governments of "linking the battle against terror to vote bank considerations" and said the response to terror attacks was still "woefully slow".

In a post on social networking site facebook, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said there was need to introspect after five years of the 2008 terror attack in Mumbai.

The attack, which started Nov 26 and ended three days later, left 166 people dead.

Tejpal should face criminal trial: Jaitley

Arun-JaitleyNew Delhi, Nov 22 : BJP leader Arun Jaitley said Friday that some participants in television debates had provided Tehelka editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal with an escape route after allegations of sexual assault were made against him by a colleague.

Jaitley said suggestions that the victim had the choice of refraining from pursuing a criminal investigation were akin to offering the offender an escape route.

The Bharatiya Janata Party leader, who has also been a lawyer in the Supreme Court, asserted that both a departmental inquiry and the trial must go together.




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