Sushma, Jaitley on different notes
Opposition leaders Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley had responded differently to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's formal announcement in the Parliament on the formation of the joint parliamentary committee (JPC) in the 2G spectrum scam.delhi Updated: Feb 22, 2011 23:50 IST
Opposition leaders Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley had responded differently to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's formal announcement in the Parliament on the formation of the joint parliamentary committee (JPC) in the 2G spectrum scam.
Just after the PM finished his speech, Swaraj thought Singh had done the best thing he could do to clear the air on corruption charges by announcing a JPC in the 2G spectrum scam. But Jaitley thought otherwise in the Rajya Sabha.
He said he was 'disappointed' over the statement made by the PM.
"The issue could be resolved in a more gracious manner," he said, adding the content of the PM's statement showed the government had done everything and the JPC was formed only because the Parliament was paralysed.
Jaitley said the formation of the JPC could have been done in a graceful way rather than in a 'tasteless' manner by projecting that the opposition had coerced the government to do so.
But Swaraj thanked the PM and Leader of the House Pranab Mukherjee.
"We should not see this as a victory or defeat. This is a victory of democracy. We should all work together putting aside any talk of victory or defeat," she said.
Jaitley felt that the PM was blaming the opposition by saying that "we can ill-afford a situation where Parliament is not allowed to function during the crucial Budget session."
Later, speaking on the Motion of Thanks to President's address, Jaitley again mounted a frontal attack on the PM, raising serious doubts about its propriety, integrity and leadership.
"There is a also a gap between the party in power and the government itself…This country deserves much better than what we are getting in terms of governance."
On PM's distancing himself from the rot in the government, policy formulation and its implementation during his recent media interaction, Jaitley said. "This is complete abandonment of leadership and collective responsibility…"
Referring to home minister P Chidambaram's remark that there was a governance deficit in the country, Jaitley said there was a "trust deficit" between government and people.
On the barrage of scams, Jaitley said he had serious reservations about the government's ability, motivations and incentives in fighting corruption.
"Singh's government would be judged by the footprints of bold actions that it leaves behind."
Rajnath Singh too launched a scathing attack in the Lok Sabha.