1. Listen to Dr Singh Mr Jaitley, don’t disparage him

Listen to Dr Singh Mr Jaitley, don’t disparage him

The Congress party didn’t listen to Dr Manmohan Singh, and is in tatters today - why is the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) trying to repeat similar mistake.

By: | New Delhi | Published: February 15, 2016 7:03 PM
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It is true that Manmohan Singh’s own party didn’t listen to him on several issues during the UPA’s 10-year rule, especially in the selection of ministers and also handling of economic portfolios and policies, but it is also facing the consequences. The BJP must learn from the Congress mistakes if it wants to avoid the same follies. (PTI)

gst bill The Congress party didn’t listen to Dr Manmohan Singh, and is in tatters today – why is the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) trying to repeat similar mistake.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s Facebook post in reaction to the former prime minister Manmohan Singh pointing out, in an interview, that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not doing enough to reach out to the Congress party for carrying forward the economic reform, has ended up endorsing the views of the senior Congress party leader.

There is no doubt that the BJP-led NDA government could not understand the fact initially that just by getting a thumping majority in the Lok Sabha, it can’t manage the legislative business successfully in Parliament, and the support of Congress and other non-NDA parties would be critical to pass important reform legislations like the Land Bill amendments, the Goods and Services Tax, Real Estate Bill, or even the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code.

So, if former prime minister Manmohan Singh, with his vast experience in government, including 10 years as the country’s prime minister, suggested PM Modi to take Congress party president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi in confidence, he just performed his duty perfectly well to do whatever he could do to make sure that reform legislations are not stuck in Parliament.

Despite the fact that Congress party’s demand of putting a cap on the GST rate (to keep it below 18%) in the legislation itself is illogical; the BJP floor managers, including the PM have done little to improve the relationship with the party and create a conducive atmosphere for reaching an understanding – and statements on public platforms such as ‘one family (obviously referring to Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi) has been scuttling reform Bills in the upper house to take revenge for its defeat in the 2014 Lok Sabha election’, have only aggravated the situation.

After all, the NDA doesn’t have a majority in the Rajya Sabha, and it needs the support of the Congress and other parties there to get the Bills passed.

FM Jaitley will do well by understanding at some point of time the BJP will have to take the suggestion of Manmohan Singh to reach out to the opposition seriously, and sooner the party accepts it, the better – there can’t be a more constructive suggestion from a former PM than this in the current circumstances.

It is true that Singh’s own party didn’t listen to him on several issues during the UPA’s 10-year rule, especially in the selection of ministers and also handling of economic portfolios and policies, but it is also facing the consequences.

The BJP must learn from the Congress mistakes if it wants to avoid the same follies.

The current postures of PM Modi and FM Jaitley towards the Congress party clearly shows that they have little hope of any positive outcome in the Budget session starting from February 23, in terms of passing reform Bills.

Manmohan Singh, of course, can be criticized for failing to persuade Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi to leave their rigid stance on the GST changes, but the primary responsibility of getting any legislation passed in Parliament is that of the ruling party.

The BJP top brass seems to be ignoring this at its own peril.

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    Blooger
    Feb 16, 2016 at 9:09 am
    Why can't Mr Singh advice his party not to block the GST bill and if the party does not listen he should quit it and politics and go back to being an economist. He and Mr Chidambarsm let down the people of India by not having the guts to stand upto the hi's
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      Raghavan
      Feb 15, 2016 at 2:12 pm
      Any talking to congress will be foolish with that party bent to destroy this nation and make it bankrupt during its rule and even out of power do same
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        Raghavan
        Feb 15, 2016 at 2:16 pm
        GST is not for congress or BJP , it is for people of India! No ego please
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        1. Himmatlal Joshi
          Feb 16, 2016 at 5:01 am
          It is true that the dynasty rule has all along been scared of reforms due to political reasons. Remaining/ retaining in power was the sole obsession of the rule which was rejected with majority in 2014. The said rule has pla with economy which proved very costly. The burden of subsidy is the example. This is the fate of Parliamentary Democracy. PMs plain speak about one family is a harsh fact. The family , let us wait and watch may flop a few more Sessions.
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            s.v.kulkarni
            Feb 15, 2016 at 4:05 pm
            were the congress party legislators voted for stalling the parliament? Does congress party decides it;s stand based on the merits of the issue or on the flattering of their leaders? Is it a sign of matured democracy or of a fudality?
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            1. Ramachandran Tharakabhushanam
              Feb 16, 2016 at 6:35 am
              Both Rahul And Jaitley have no understanding of the GST Bill and it is doubtful, if the Bill sees light in the near future. Mr Modi and his team has to take the blame for having blocked when they are in opposition. Two national parties are only trying to destroy the economic fabric of the country, keeping their egos ruling the roost.
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              1. Ramachandran Tharakabhushanam
                Feb 16, 2016 at 6:36 am
                yes and well said.
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