BMC Election Results 2017: Arun Jaitley slams Congress, says its stand on demonetisation is costing it dearly’

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Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. (PTI)

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley wrote a blog taking a dig at Congress after Bharatiya Janata Party’s big win in Maharashtra. He said that parties which adopt dynastic succession as an alternative to merit-based leadership creation, suffer from a natural political disadvantage. “In Odisha, Congress got squeezed out of contest. In Maharashtra,it got pushed to 3rd or 4th place in most cities,” said Jaitley. He exclaimed, “Congress party’s stand on demonetisation of high value currency notes is costing it dearly.”

In the Facebook blog he wrote: The poor have overwhelmingly supported the demonetization. The Congress Party has lost its traditional constituency of the poor electorate to the BJP. In any case, a Party which has governed India for more than half a century cannot afford to take a stand which supports excessive use of cash and ridicules the new tools of technology which will enable digital transactions to be a substitute for cash. The Congress has lost it’s image as a responsible political organisation. From a natural party of governance, it has moved to the fringe. It’s policies have alienated its constituency of the poor aam aadmi.

He said that Congress is losing everywhere because of its decade long involvements in scams, “Congress’ washout from national political scene is a natural outcome of a decade in scandals coupled with its disruptive role in Parliament,” said Jailtey.

Jaitley took to Twitter and wrote a series of tweets just slamming Congress. He also jumped to the UP elections’ scenario saying, “The downfall of the Congress is so evident that even the SP was wondering if it was worth contesting 103 seats in the UP elections.” He congratulated the BJP Karyakartas and people of Maharashtra for an emphatic victory of BJP in Maharashtra Civic polls 2017.

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