Bharatiya Janata Party responsible for damaging India's image, spooking investors: Anand Sharma

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Updated: Feb 23 2014, 03:22am hrs
Anand SharmaAnand Sharma said 'history will judge them poorly and history will remember our government with respect.' Reuters
Rubbishing the opposition charge of policy paralysis in UPA government, Congress' Anand Sharma today alleged Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) should be held responsible for damaging the image of India and confusing global investors.

It was Bharatiya Janata Party which spread "misinformation" to investors that if the party comes to power it will reverse policy decisions such as FDI in multi-brand retail, senior Congress leader and Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma said here.

"They built an environment which actually confuses the world that there is something which is wrong in India...if I have to hold anybody responsible for trying to unravel, which they fortunately could not, the India story is Bharatiya Janata Party, RSS," he said.

"They did not look at national interest but only looked at how to further their agenda by opposing the Prime Minister by disrupting Parliament," he said.

Earlier in the day, Leader of Opposition Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley said that starting from a peak in 2009, UPA-2 ended with "big corruption, loss of credibility, leadership vacuum and policy paralysis".

Reacting to this, Sharma said "they (opposition) paralysed Parliament. They should be held accountable. In furtherance of partisan political agenda, they did damage to Indian parliamentary democracy over the years. A blind opposition, disrupting Parliament, holding decision-making to ransom."

Many important Bills were left pending, he said, adding that "instead of making such a sweeping indictment, they should be honest enough to apologise to the people of India for what they have done."

Sharma said "history will judge them poorly and history will remember our government with respect."

"Negative narrative has been build against the government which is unfair for Bharatiya Janata Party leadership to make such comments", he said.

Asked about opposition questioning anti-graft legislations passage through the ordinance route, Sharma said Bharatiya Janata Party has not left any other option in front of the government.

"Who has prevented the passage of these important legislations...they (opposition) have gone in with an agenda to make allegations which are not backed by any fact or evidence. They will one day come to regret the damage they had done to Indian democracy," he said.

He said legislations take time as they require wider range of consultations with different stakeholders.

"The work for these legislations started years before. The opposition did not allow these Bills to be taken up in Parliament," he said.