Congress has dubbed Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley as “Narad Muni”, reacting to the former’s criticism that party leadership and not the party was responsible for the parliamentary logjam.
Jaitley’s remarks came just few days after the ruling government reached out to the main Opposition party to end the deadlock over the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill.
Following the Finance Minister’s criticism, AICC spokesperson Jairam Ramesh accused Jaitley of attempting to drive a wedge between the Congress and its leadership. He said that this was being done as Jaitley has “lost complete command and control over the economic situation”.
“Instead of being Finance Minister, Jaitley is being Narad Muni,” Ramesh said, adding that he should stop being Narad Muni and start being Finance Minister.
Narad Muni, according to legend, is a mythological figure who carried tales from one side to another and created tensions among people.
Asserting that there was no difference of opinion between the Congress party and its leadership, Ramesh said, “The Finance Minister is hallucinating that the Congress leadership and the Congress are two separate animals.”
Ramesh also claimed that Jaitley is “distracted and preoccupied” with fighting a battle to restore his credibility after the serious allegations made against him in the DDCA scandal. “Between a Prime Minister who is more focussed on a shameless personal PR campaign and an FM unable to give the requisite direction, the economy has been in a free fall,” he alleged.