'Compulsive contrarians' subverting democracy, says Jaitley
18 January 2019
Finance minister Arun Jaitley has termed opposition parties as 'compulsive contrarians', and accused them of manufacturing falsehood and subverting democracy by weakening an elected government.
Nations are built by those with positive mindsets and a national vigor, not by the 'Compulsive Contrarians', he said in a Facebook blog without naming Congress or other opposition parties. "Didn't left-liberals find fault with the various actions that Gandhiji took during the freedom movement? Weakening a sovereign elected government and strengthening the unelectable is only a subversion of democracy," he wrote.
Jaitley, who is in the US for a medical checkup, accused the opposition Congress party, without naming it, of using corruption cover-ups as crusade against corruption, and going against the interests of the country by aligning with other corrupt parties.
"The Compulsive Contrarians had no qualms about manufacturing falsehood. They could concoct arguments even if they went against the general interest of the country. They could masquerade corruption as crusade. They could adopt double standards whenever it suited them,” he said in a Facebook post titled 'The Compulsive Contrarian and his Manufactured Logic'.
He cited the tirade mounted by political parties on various issues like the Rafale fighter jet deal, the 10 per cent reservation for economically weaker sections, without going into details as the 'Compulsive Contrarians' believe that this government can do no good and hence its every act must be opposed, he pointed out.
“Nations are built by those with positive mindsets and a national vigor, not by the Compulsive Contrarians. Didn't left-liberals find fault with the various actions that Gandhiji took during the freedom movement? Weakening a Sovereign Elected Government and strengthening the unelectable is only a subversion of democracy,” he wrote.
"AADHAAR which became an instrument for saving money to ensure that it is fruitfully spent for the poor was questioned on the ground of violating personal liberty," he wrote, highlighting the opposition’s double standards.
On demonetisation, the FM wrote, "Steps taken against black money were described as 'Tax Terrorism'. The virtues of cash which was a source of black money and fuelled corruption were discovered after demonetisation.
He also wrote on issues like the Justice Loya case, the CBI vs CBI controversy and the RBI independence issue among others.