New Delhi : Perhaps, it was the leader of opposition Arun Jaitley’s sharp criticism of the UPA model of governance in the Rajya Sabha that saw Prime Minister Manmohan Singh launch a surprising political attack on the BJP in the Lok Sabha.
Jaitley on Wednesday attributed the government’s “credibility crisis” to the model of corporate governance embraced by the UPA in which the board takes decisions and a hired CEO administers them.
“The model of governance of the UPA is unfit for the largest democracy. The natural leader of the party must be the Prime Minister. The model, where a board takes decisions with regard to economy and a hired CEO administers them, may be true of corporate governance, but is unfit for governing a nation,” he said while participating in the debate on the motion of thanks on the President’s address in the Rajya Sabha.
Jaitley charged that this model has resulted in a leadership crisis as well as policy paralysis and there was no control over erring ministers and corruption. ” Absence of leadership in the government is self-evident.”
The “dual power centres” have tied the Prime Minister’s hands, he said, and exhorted Singh to “assert” himself more in running the government and shun the extra-constitutional forum of the National Advisory Council, which has been taking policy decisions in the last nine years.
With the leadership not in Prime Minister’s hands, Jaitley said corruption seems to be the hallmark of the UPA’s performance. “The UPA has a government of various kinds of ministers. Some are arrogant; some are excessively corrupt; some squabbling and some non-performing. Some commit a gaffe with regular periodicity. Flowerpots have replaced bouquets.
“Corruption has important role in reducing India’s capacity as an investment destination. Not only are international investors wary of investing in India, domestic investors are looking for better options elsewhere in the world. The reverse flight of capital is costing Indian economy dearly,” Jaitley added.
The BJP leader said that the UPA had converted an enthusiastic nation into a cynical one.” The UPA is on its way out. It is leaving behind the economy in a mess. It has discredited the polity, and the UPA’s hope that in this environment of cynicism solutions will emerge by pushing India into a dynastic democracy will not succeed,” he said in an indirect reference to the Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s emergence as the chief campaigner for the ruling party.
He further asserted: “The real worth of India will be realised only when the myth of such charisma of dynasties is smashed. Let India witness a political contest between proven ability and those who want to convert India into a dynastic democracy. It is this proven ability that will transform India from one of cynicism to one of hope.”
In his effective intervention, the BJP leader catalogued the UPA’s failure on various fronts, including the economy, external affairs and internal security and women related issues.