Former Finance minister and BJP MP Yashwant Sinha attacked Union Finance minister Arun Jaitley by asking how much black money the former managed to bring back to the country.
On Thursday Jaitley hit back at Sinha and even taunted the former FM as someone who is a “Job applicant at 80”.
While speaking at an event Jaitley reminded Sinha of his own record as the former finance minister of the country.
“When India is at 70, there are always attempts to change the narrative itself. I must confess that I do not have the luxury as yet of being a former finance Minister. Nor do I have the luxury of being a former finance minister who has turned a columnist. Therefore I can conveniently forget a policy paralysis, 4 billion reserve left in 1991 (When Sinha was the FM) and I can switch over and change a narrative,” Jaitley said.
On Friday, however, Sinha hit back at Jaitley. “They say I was useless as a minister. How could they have given me the ministry of External Affairs if I was so useless?,” he told ANI. Sinha was moved from the Finance Ministry to the External Affairs Ministry during Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. He further said, “During my tenure (as FM) there was never a discussion on inflation in Parliament because we had kept it well under control.”
On Jaitley’s job applicant at 80 remark Sinha said,” I did not come to politics after retirement. I left my post in IAS. So I couldn’t be asking for job at the age of 80 years.”