Personal ambitions of Cong leadership had led to ‘degeneration of its ideology’: Jaitley

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 28 Oct 2018 08:58:50


 

NEW DELHI,

The Indian parliamentary democracy needed an alternative ideological and political pole without which it was incomplete, says Jaitley

FINANCE Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday said that the personal ambitions of the Congress leadership had led to the “degeneration of its ideology” and that its dynastic tendencies would have turned India into a kingdom rather than even a dynastic democracy had it not been for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).


He said it was the “personal grievances and ambitions” which compelled the Congress party leadership to visit a congregation where anti-India slogans were raised. “Would Indira Gandhi or Rajiv Gandhi have ever gone to a congregation where ‘Bharat ke tukde honge’ slogan was raised,” he asked while delivering the first Atal Behari Vajpayee Memorial Lecture at the India Ideas Conclave here. Jaitley said the Congress, which was the dominant party of Indian politics for at least four decades post-Independence, developed dynastic tendencies after its second decade in power. He said Indian parliamentary democracy needed an alternative ideological and political pole without which it was incomplete.


“It was then that Atal Behari Vajpayee put across his alternative view point whether it was Kashmir, Tibet or situation arising post the India-China war. The alternative voice was his. “Indian democracy, because of the two political parties as national parties, became a viable parliamentary democracy... The principal party, from the weakness it showed in the second decade, would have succeeded in converting India more into a kingdom rather than even a dynastic democracy,” Jaitley said. Listing the challenges ahead for India, he said terrorism and insurgency would always remain one of the key threats.