NEW DELHI: Sharpening the electoral pitch for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday said an aspirational society never commits a collective suicide and the people will have to choose between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chaos.
Assessing a presidential form of campaigning, Jaitley, in a social media post, argued that the opposition has a two-fold strategy — firstly, a negative anti-Modi agenda and secondly, to combine as many political groups together so as to take the best advantage of the electoral arithmetic.
“The opposition is making Prime Minister Modi’s continuation in office as a key political issue. We in the BJP welcome this agenda being set by the opposition,” said Jaitley, who is currently in the US for medical treatment.
Dubbing the Opposition grouping as “sham arithmetic”, Jaitely underlined that Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao and BSP supremo Mayawati were significant absentees from Opposition rally on Saturday.
He also stressed that the opposition politics has thrown up four prime ministerial aspirants wishing to challenge Modi.
“Besides Mamata Banerjee, other three — Rahul Gandhi, Mayawati, and KCR are claimants for the top post,” noted Jaitely, while adding that two-thirds of those present on the Kolkata dais had earlier been partners of the BJP.
He also took potshots at Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shouri.
Quoting former US Vice-President Spiro Agnew who had said in 1970 that “we have more than our share of the nattering nababs of negativism; they have formed their own 4H club the hopeless, hysterical hypochondriacs of history”, Jaitley claimed that “every word of this was true in the Kolkata (rally)”.