New Delhi:  Referring to leaders of opposition’s grand alliance (mahagathbandan) as ‘Nawabs of Negativity’, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley asserted that they may come together but they wouldn’t hold together or carry much credibility among the people ahead of the Lok Sabha elections 2019.

Speaking at ‘India Business Leader Awards 2018’ in Mumbai via video link from New York where he has gone for medical check-up, Jaitley claimed that the opposition’s arithmetic is not based on any ideological similarity, economic programme, common vision to bring the country together or a common leader, instead, it is based on only one premise which is negative in character and that is wanting one man out.

Furthermore he alleged that the Opposition parties have multiple claimants for the position of Prime Minister. The minister said,”India is a highly aspirational, politically conscious society and such societies never opt for a suicidal cause. They opt for a tried and tested established leadership.”

He added,”The kind of individuals who have almost staked their claims … the claimant from Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Telangana and from the privileged family of Delhi. I think if you look at it, the situation looks fairly scary.”

He said that on all three counts of leadership, performance and narrative that will decide the fate of next election, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) scores much higher. Falsehood can never constitute a permanent narrative against leadership, decisiveness, performance and future potential, he said.

Showering praise on his party and government, he said the Modi government was instrumental in restoring the decision-making process of Indian economy and was able to change the tag from policy paralysis and “fragile five” to a bright spot in the global economy.

“I think the biggest achievement has been that while we have gone ahead with a large number of difficult economic reforms and maintained a steady rate of growth, we have also been able to use the advantages of those additional revenues we got for the people’s welfare,” he added.

“I have not the least doubt in my mind that in a battle between chemistry and arithmetic, politics is something where chemistry always succeeds. It happened in 2014, it has happened elsewhere in the world and I am quite certain it’s going to happen in India, too,” Jaitley said.

Earlier he had termed Opposition parties “Compulsive Contrarians” and accused them of manufacturing falsehood and subverting democracy by weakening an elected government. Without naming Congress or other opposition parties in his Facebook blog, Jaitley said that nations are built by those with positive mindsets and a national vigor, not by the ‘Compulsive Contrarians’.