17 May, 2021

The Importance Of Being Arun Jaitley

What works in his favour? What goes against him?

Photograph by PTI
The Importance Of Being Arun Jaitley

What works in his favour

  • Suave, affable, articulate, untainted by scandal, barring the DDCA issue last year
  • Loyalty to Narendra Modi goes back to the 1990s; has championed PM’s post-2002 legal defence
  • As a lawyer, has represented politicians and corporates; is one of the party’s main fund-raisers
  • Has conducted several BJP election campaigns and knows the party’s organisational strengths and weaknesses
  • Social skills, in short supply in the BJP, have helped him build contacts across different parties
  • TV-friendly face; has proprietors, editors, anchors, journalists and gossip columnists on speed dial
  • As ASG and law minister, built a vice-like grip on the judiciary; several judges said to be his ‘appointees’
  • Remains a formidable speaker in Parliament; led Opposition in RS to much acclaim during UPA-II

What goes against him

  • Too much of an...
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