Vice President Says dissent should be expressed in a democratic and non-violent manner

New Delhi: The Vice President of India, Shri M Venkaih Naidu today called for an enlightened debate on all larger issues and stressed that dissent has to be expressed in a democratic and non-violent manner.

“Constitutional methods and violence do not go together,” he said.

Shri Naidu paid rich tributes to Shri Arun Jaitley on his Birth Anniversary today and went down the memory lane recalling his long association with him.

Releasing a book titled, ‘The Renaissance Man-The Many Facets of Arun Jaitley,’ Shri Naidu said that even months after the passing away of his closest friend, he found it difficult to come to terms with the bitter fact that Shri Jaitley was no more.

He said “Whenever there is a need for enlightened debate, Jaitley will be missed.”

Describing Shri Jaitley as a thorough gentleman and a man of impeccable integrity, and said that he never compromised on principles and was a staunch opponent of corruption.

Stating that Shri Jaitley was a shining example of a leader with 4Cs – Character, Calibre, Capacity, and Conduct, VP expressed concerns that there was a worrisome trend in politics with people bringing in other 4Cs- Caste, Community, Criminality, and Cash.

Shri Naidu asked aspiring politicians to emulate these qualities of Shri Jaitley and serve the nation.

Recollecting his association with Shri Jaitley, the Vice President said that Jaitley Ji and he became fellow travelers in the “rough-and-tumble of Indian politics and developed a mutual admiration and respect for each other.

Describing Shri Jaitley as “a multi-faceted genius and a powerhouse of knowledge with a sharp analytical mind,” Shri Naidu recalled his ability to communicate effectively and explain even the most complex matters in a simple, lucid manner. “His frankness was another admirable quality and he never hesitated to call a spade a spade,” he added.

Stating that Jaitley Ji was his go to man for past many decades, the Vice President said that he used to seek Shri Jaitley’s sage counsel whenever needed.

Referring to Shri Jaitley’s deft handling of the economy at a critical time, the Vice President said that his persuasive skills and the spirit of camaraderie were in full display to evolve a consensus during the tough negotiations with states for GST.

Unmindful of his health, Jaitley Ji had to burn the midnight oil on many occasions to build consensus and for the successful roll-out of GST, he said.

The Vice President also referred to various measures taken by Shri Jaitley as Union Finance Minister to ensure that the banking sector did not slip into a deeper morass due to NPAs. The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code introduced during his tenure proved to be a revolutionary step, he said.

VP said that the book was brought out by his son, Shri Muppavarapu Harshavardhan and daughter, Smt. Deepa Venkat as a token of love and affection for Shri Arun Jaitley. The book was released in the gracious presence of Mrs. Sangeeta Jaitley, wife of late Shri Arun Jaitley, his daughter, and son.

Speaker, Lok Sabha, Shri Om Birla, Deputy Chairman, Rajya Sabha, Shri Harivansh, Minister for Law & Justice, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of State for External Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs, Shri V. Muraleedharan, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal, Chairman Prasar Bharati Board, Shri A Surya Prakash, several eminent editors, senior journalists were among the dignitaries present at the event.