Mr Sinha, who has been feeling sidelined in the party for quite sometime, expressed surprise that a person who could never win a Lok Sabha seat was questioning him. Mr Jaitley had contested for the Amritsar Lok Sabha seat for the first time in 2014, but had lost. The former finance minister also wanted to know why Mr Jaitley had forgotten Mr Advani’s advice not to make personal attack, which he fondly mentioned in his speech at last evening’s book release function during which the attack on him came.
He said Mr Jaitley had not gone through the rigours of nurturing a constituency as he was merely a political appointee and did not know the ground reality. After releasing the book titled ‘India@70, Modi@3.5’, brought out by the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Foundation, Mr Jaitley had hit out at both Mr Sinha, and his predecessor in the previous UP government P Chidambaram, who had backed Mr Sinha’s assessment of the present state of economy. Mr Jaitley had said, ‘’I must confess that I don’t have the luxury as yet of being a former finance minister.
Nor do I have the luxury of being former finance minister who has turned a columnist. So, I can conveniently forget the policy paralysis, 15 per cent NPA, 4 billion foreign reserve left in 1991, ’’ in obvious reference to the state of economy during the tenure of both as finance ministers. The Finance Minister had wound up his speech with a swipe at Mr Sinha, saying, ‘’the name of the book he released today should be ‘India@70, Modi@3.5 and a job applicant@80. (UNI)