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When Arun Jaitley spoke in Parliament

Arun Jaitley had put forward convincing arguments to defend his party and government’s thoughts — a quality which won accolades from even the opposition benches.

, ET Bureau|
Aug 26, 2019, 08.09 AM IST
Arun Jaitley
Arun Jaitley was one of the most eloquent speakers of the BJP in Parliament. In the past 10 years, first as leaders of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha and then as Union minister, Jaitley had put forward convincing arguments to defend his party and government’s thoughts — a quality which won accolades from even the opposition benches. ET has shortlisted some such occasions.

AUGUST 18, 2011
In Rajya Sabha: Impeachment of Justice Soumitra Sen
“You (Justice Sen) may have a great determination or a pathological conviction that you have not misused the money, but the best proof is, how were the cheques cut out from this account? The cheques can’t lie; individuals can. You can shout from rooftops that you did not withdraw this money, but these cheques and this misappropriation will hang like an albatross around your neck even when you are shouting from rooftops.”

DECEMBER 6, 2012
In Rajya Sabha: On FDI in retail debate
“The biggest danger that politicians fall into is when they start buying their own arguments even when nobody outside is buying them, and this is precisely what is happening to your government. Sir, my appeal to you is, India with its size, with its population, with the kind of unemployment it will generate, the adverse impact on manufacturing jobs, the displacement of retail jobs, this is not the time that you have to introduce this policy. You can try and force this policy, but India will not accept this policy.”

DECEMBER 20, 2011
In Rajya Sabha: On Lokpal Bill
You (UPA government) want to create a phoney Lokpal and create a smokescreen, that we are giving it a constitutional status. You want to make it a toy and then say that it is a constitutional authority. The games wouldn’t change with such phoney institutions. The games will change if you do create an effective institution.

DECEMBER 29, 2011
In Rajya Sabha: On Nuclear Liability Bill
“There are two lessons. The good lesson from this experience has been that I can say, ‘All’s well that ends well’. But, then, the second lesson, which we must also remember, is that when we legislate, I think, it is important for the government to be always upfront and forthright about its intentions and not bring in surreptitiously when there is, particularly, a national mood not to accept those kinds of provisions.”

MAY 13, 2015
In Rajya Sabha: On Black Money Bill
“The world is no longer willing to tolerate tax havens which thrive in secrecy. Therefore, with this period now slowly approaching, it will be safer for people to follow the legally correct route, rather than take a risk and then have sleepless nights.”

MARCH 16, 2016
In Rajya Sabha: On Aadhaar Bill
“Some of the members from the Left parties have been quite active in challenging some of them. Now, whenever any kind of scientific evolution takes place, every time you have to come for an amendment. This is a cumbersome process. This is not how law-making really takes place. This is for the purposes of creating a very strict mechanism. To say that this information will be used just as the Nazis used information for targeting people, I think it may be a political statement, and it is not really a correct position.”

JUNE 30, 2017
Midnight address to joint session of Parliament: Launch of GST
“We are in the process of making history with the launch of Goods and Services Tax. At the midnight hour, we will be launching one of India’s biggest and most ambitious tax and economic reforms in history. The GST may be a destination tax but, for India, it would begin all together a new journey. The old India was economically fragmented. The new India will create one tax, one market and for one nation.”

JANUARY 2, 2019
In Lok Sabha: On Rafale debate
“I am sure Shri Rahul Gandhi, in his earlier days, was seeing James Bond films. James Bond had said: “If it is once, it is a happenstance”. It can happen. “If it is twice, it is a coincidence; and if it is thrice, it is a conspiracy.” And, the conspirators of various defence deals today have the audacity to raise an allegation against others.”

JANUARY 3, 2019
In Lok Sabha: On Kashmir
“Hon’ble deputy chairman sir. I honestly accept that I had no intention to intervene in this debate. But when Ghulam Nabi Azad sa’ab was speaking, I felt as if the problem of Jammu and Kashmir has arisen only in past four and half years and from 1947 to 2014 it has a golden history. In the last 71 years of journey of Kashmir, has it moved more towards separatism or uniting with the country? Sometimes history will comment strongly on those who created this imagination.”

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