New Delhi: With the Lok Sabha elections around the corner, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has been campaigning for his party on social media. In his latest blog on Facebook in the ‘Agenda 2019’ series, Jaitley has said the past five years have been a turning point for India. (Also read: Ministers Prefix Name With Chowkidar)
Adding that the Narendra Modi government “systematically and consistently” introduced second-generation reforms, Jaitley went on to highlight several “game-changing decisions” taken in the past five years.
The senior BJP leader spoke at length about taxation reforms, measures to curb black money, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, demonetisation, Aadhaar, steps to check inflation, promoting cooperative federalism, Ayushman Bharat scheme, social sector investment and infrastructure development as the government’s game-changing decisions.
Jaitley said even Congress PM Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao was confronted with an economic crisis which called for reforms. “Many in the Congress lacked the conviction to support reforms. After the initial two years from 1991-1993, the Congress party became apologetic about the reforms.
“That is probably the reason why the efforts to erase the memory of Shri P V Narasimha Rao from Congress Party’s contemporary history is still work in progress,” he said.
He said when Prime Minister Modi’s government was elected, the world was predicting that India’s ”I” will be knocked off from the ”BRICS”.
However, the Government systematically and consistently introduced several reforms, ‘second generation’ reforms which were much needed, he said.
“I have outlined above only fourteen game-changing decisions of the government which impacted the economy. The economy expanded at a rate faster than any other country in the world. Our revenues went up and we ensured that the benefit of prosperity and the first right to the exchequer going to the poor is maintained. It will be our endeavour to maintain this direction in future also,” said Jaitley.
About 900 million people would be voting in a seven-phased election to elect the next Lok Sabha.