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An illuminating morning with Arun Jaitley

Sunday, 20 April 2014 - 7:30am IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: DNA

Arun Jaitley beats the sun to the morning every day. Then he sits down to write his ' campaign diary'. Saturday morning was no different. And just so that the day started right, he picked on three individuals to drive his pen at – prime minister Manmohan Singh, Robert Vadra and 'friend' Bishan Singh Bedi.

Fresh after a good night's sleep, Jaitley noted that "the PM walked on snow, but did not leave any footprints." He compared Singh to Barack Obama and found Singh pale in comparison. In the process he also lined up key attributes that a PM should have.

"A PM cannot be low key. He must arouse confidence... He must appear confident about offering solutions. He must be a top mass leader... He must command both moral and political authority. A PM must be communicative. He must be heard with attention. He must be a leader and not just a reader," Jaitley wrote.

His pen is not acerbic, or acidic. He keeps the language low-key. Even when he takes on 'low-key' Manmohan Singh. "In response to the controversy created by two recently published books, the Prime Minister('s) Office has clarified that in the last 10 years, the Prime Minister had delivered over 1,200 speeches. The PMO thought that this would counter the charge that Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh was not a "speaking" Prime Minister," said Jaitley.

The LoP in the Rajya Sabha revealed that US President Barack Obama reads prepared speeches from a teleprompter, but even then scores high. "The impact that his (Obama's) delivery and diction created was huge. In India, the PM's read out speeches were not being heard by the people. They are no longer remembered or talked about. The PMO is right. Statistically, the PM was speaking, factually, he was not being heard. The PM walked on snow, but did not leave any footprints," wrote Jaitley.

That clarified, Jaitley congratulated Robert Vadra for making it to the Wall Street Journal, with his "Vadra business model" which does not require any investment. "Investment will flow as loans and advances which is a synonym for political equity... So far this business model has raised only eyebrows. It is time it raises serious questions. That is what the Wall Street Journal has done," wrote Jaitley.

Jaitley rounded off with "my friend Bishen Bedi", who was in Amritsar on Friday. "This was the visit with a difference. He came to campaign for a political party which has provided India the most dishonest government in history. He came to campaign for a candidate who is accused under the Prevention of Corruption Act. Bishen has always been a crusader even if he crusades for an immoral cause," wrote Jaitley.

All in all, an illuminating Saturday morning for Jaitley.




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