War of words be­gins as Jait­ley says Yash­want Sinha is ap­pli­cant at 80

Khaleej Times - - INDIA - — IANS

new delhi — For­mer Fi­nance Min­is­ter Yash­want Sinha on Fri­day again at­tacked Arun Jait­ley, say­ing that if he was a ‘job ap­pli­cant’ at 80, then Jait­ley would not be hold­ing charge of the Fi­nance Min­istry now.

Sinha also told the me­dia that those who had never won a Lok Sabha elec­tion were ques­tion­ing and at­tack­ing him and mis­lead­ing the peo­ple of the coun­try over the is­sue of black money.

“If I would have been a job ap­pli­cant, then he would not have been (there),” Sinha said in re­sponse to Jaitely, who on Thurs­day de­scribed Sinha as a job ap­pli­cant at age 80.

Speak­ing at a book launch here, Jait­ley also ac­cused Sinha of “act­ing in tan­dem” with Congress leader P. Chi­dambaram.

Asked about his re­la­tions with Chi­dam­abaram, Sinha said: “He is not my friend. But he is a friend of Jait­ley.” Lash­ing out at Jait­ley, Sinha said: “He has for­got­ten my back­ground. I have faced sev­eral hard­ships af­ter en­ter­ing pol­i­tics.”

He also said that he quit the In­dian Ad­min­is­tra­tive Ser­vices (IAS) job 12 years be­fore his re­tire­ment.

Re­mind­ing Jait­ley of vet­eran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader

He has for­got­ten my back­ground. I have faced sev­eral hard­ships af­ter en­ter­ing pol­i­tics. Yash­want Sinha, ormee fi­nance min­is­ter

L.K. Ad­vani’s ap­peal not to make per­sonal at­tacks, some­thing Jait­ley him­self spoke about on Thurs­day, Sinha said he was ready to have a debate with the fi­nance min­is­ter.

He found fault with Jait­ley for not win­ning a Lok Sabha elec­tion.

“Af­ter en­ter­ing pol­i­tics, I se­lected my con­stituency soon. It did not take me 25 years to se­lect a Lok Sabha con­stituency. Those who have not seen the face of the Lok Sabha are ques­tion­ing and at­tack­ing

prob­a­bly, a more ap­pro­pri­ate ti­tle for the book would have been ‘In­dia @70, modi @3.5 and a job ap­pli­cant @ 80 Arun Jait­ley, fi­nance min­is­ter

me.” Jait­ley fought his first Lok Sabha elec­tion in 2014 from Am­rit­sar but lost. Sinha in­sisted that he was not mak­ing any per­sonal at­tack on any­one.

Slam­ming Jait­ley for tak­ing no ac­tion against black money hold­ers, Sinha asked: “Three years ago HSBC Bank shared the names of over 700 peo­ple (hold­ing black money abroad) with In­dia. How many of them have been ar­rested? Has ac­tion been taken against them?”

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