BJP central pole of Indian politics: Jaitley
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, speaking on the one year completion of Narendra Modi government at Centre, claimed that their party became the central pole of Indian politics, as politics in the country would be guided along pro or anti BJP lines. Jaitley said "from now onwards the country's polity will be guided either on pro BJP or on anti BJP line."
"In this government the last word belongs to the Prime Minister and that is how it should be. When UPA was in power, government used to run from outside." Jaitley hoped that BJP would win in the approaching Bihar Assembly elections targeting Rashtriya Janata Dal and Janata Dal-United coalition terming their union as "impractical." "BJP hopes to win the Bihar polls soon. I am sure we, along with our allies, will come to power in Bihar," claimed Jaitley.
Citing the achievements of the Modi government, Jaitley said that government has been able to keep inflation under control to a great extent in the last one year as international prices of crude oil came down. He also accepted about the agrarian crisis, which is posing a major challenge to the economy. "The government decided that from May 26 to 31, it will observe 'Jan Kalyan Parv' under which the ministers, MPs and senior BJP functionaries will travel across the country to highlight the welfare measures, various policies and initiatives taken by it for the welfare of the poor, downtrodden and farmers," said Anant Kumar.
On joining hands of BJP with Kashmir based People Democratic Party, Jaitley claimed that despite ideological differences the BJP formed a coalition government with the, People’s Democratic Party in Jammu and Kashmir respecting the mandate of State people. This experiment with PDP would be in "the country's interest in the long term," he said, adding that the verdict given by the people made this coalition possible.