With nearly a month left for the start of the monsoon session of Parliament, an accusation of delaying the much-awaited economic reforms in the country has been heaped upon Congress by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
“If one looks back at the Congress history after Independence, the blots on it are delay in economic reforms by over two decades, transformation of India into a dynastic democracy, the imposition of Emergency in 1975, Operation Blue Star and corruption,” Jaitley said in a blog written on the 41st anniversary of the imposition of Emergency by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
This incident is being seen as another assault to defame the opposition Congress who has been stalling the Goods and Service Tax (GST) Bill in Parliament for a year.
Jaitley questioned various decisions taken by the Congress, especially by Indira Gandhi which, according to him, proved to be politically counter-productive for the party.
To compensate for its support in the early passage of the constitutional amendment bill, the Congress wants the government to accept its proposed changes to the bill.
Statements on the Emergency in 1975 were also made referring to its totalitarian effect on the country.
Jaitley's attack on the Congress, with its mention of Indira Gandhi and Operation Blue Star, comes as the monsoon session of Parliament is expected to start in the third week of July.