Opposition attack on EC ‘advance alibi’ for poll defeat: Jaitley

New Delhi: Calling the attack on Election Commission by opposition parties an advance alibi for defeat, Union minister Arun Jaitley Thursday said the aspirational India wants a better tomorrow and will not make suicidal choices by voting for “highly corrupt” and “temperamental mavericks”.

Fractured opposition has no agreement on either a leader or programme, the senior BJP leader said in his blog ‘The Frightening and Scary Scenario of India’s Opposition’. Jaitley further said as the seventh phase of election approaches to closure, the groundswell in favour of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is becoming stronger. “Except in the last few days, not one political analyst had foreseen the velocity of this groundswell even in a state like Bengal.

The largest size of the prime minister’s public rallies has been in Bengal,” he said. It is on this day five years ago, the BJP-led NDA got an absolute majority in the 15th Lok Sabha elections. It was after three decades that a single party had won absolute majority ending the era of coalition governments. Terming opposition parties as “institution wreckers”, he said their leaders represent “temperamental mavericks, some highly corrupt and many a governance disaster”. These leaders do not allow Parliament to function, attack and intimidate Judges, Jaitley said adding that the electorate wonders, if such as opposition can ever provide a cogent alternative. —PTI