Firing yet another salvo in the verbal war with Finance Minister ArunJaitley, his party colleague YashwantSinha, who has also held the finance portfolio, saidon Friday that had he been a ‘’job applicant at 80’’, Jaitley would not have got the present assignment.
Jaitley had yesterday, in response to the former finance minister’s scathing criticism of his handling of the economy, taken a swipe at him, dubbing him as ‘’job applicant at 80’’, suggesting that he was frustrated over not being given any important assignment by the Modi government.
Sinha, who has been feeling sidelined in the party for quite sometime, expressed surprise that a person who could never win a LokSabha seat was questioning him.
Sinha reminded him that he had quit the IAS job to join politics. Where is the question of seeking a job?Jaitley had contested for the Amritsar LokSabha seat for the first time in 2014, but had lost. The former finance minister also wanted to know why Jaitley had forgotten Advani’s advice not to make personal attack, which he fondly mentioned in his speech at last evening’s book release function during which the attack on him came. He said Jaitley had not gone through the rigours of nurturing a constituency as he was merely a political appointee and did not know the ground reality. After releasing the book titled ‘India@70, Modi@3.5’, brought out by the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Foundation, Jaitley had hit out at both Sinha, and his predecessor in the previous UP government P Chidambaram, who had backedSinha’s assessment of the present state of economy. Jaitley had said, ‘’I must confess that I don’t have the luxury as yet of being a former finance minister. Nor do I have the luxury of being former finance minister who has turned a columnist. So, I can conveniently forget the policy paralysis, 15 per cent NPA, 4 billion foreign reserve left in 1991, ’’ in obvious reference to the state of economy during the tenure of both as finance ministers. The Finance Minister had wound up his speech with a swipe atSinha, saying, ‘’the name of the book he released today should be ‘India@70, Modi@3.5 and a job applicant@80.