"Even as Jaitley gets into the political kite-flying mode, we would counsel him to take his role as the Finance Minister more seriously, by spending time in South Block rather than in TV studios," party's chief spokesman Randeep Surjewala said in a strongly worded statement.
"India has gone from a growth trajectory to deflation mode on account of continued mismanagement of the economy by the Finance Ministry under the stewardship of Jaitley," Surjewala said.
Surjewala reminded Jaitley that the BJP and Narendra Modi were "staunchest opponents" of arrival at a consensus on the key reform measure during the UPA rule.
"Instead of apologising to the nation, on behalf of the entire BJP and the PM, who as Chief Minister of Gujarat had doggedly remained the staunchest opponent of arrival at a consensus on GST, the FM is trying to give Congress sermons on economy, growth and inclusion.
"The champions of partisan politics have become preachers of statesmanship,"he remarked.
Insisting that "insinuations", "innuendos", "indiscretions" appear to have become buzzwords of the political conduct of Jaitley, he said, the FM has again tried to claim ownership of GST and the path to growth, even after having "obdurately opposed GST for more than 7 years".
Reminding the Finance Minister that it was Congress and its Government that authored the GST, he said, even today, the party's opposition is "not to the bill, but limited to only those parts which kill the soul and spirit of the real GST legislation."

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