Saturday, May 24, 2014

Grudging acceptance of reality

Grand Old Party has at last deigned to accept that Narendra Modi has campaigned better than its leaders. Jairam Ramesh, one of the chief strategists for Congress, has admitted this.

" "He has changed the nature of campaigning in India. It would be unwise to deny the change he has brought about in the nature of campaigning in India. We were not prepared for it," Ramesh told TOI, in a rare confession that the Gujarat strongman had rewritten the rules of electoral engagement. 

The UPA's rural development minister said blaming individuals serves no purpose as the scale of defeat suggests that Congress was a non-starter. "We were out-campaigned, out-manoeuvred, out-funded and out-spent by Modi," he said."

The former minister could have truthfully admitted, "Our UPA government out-scammed all earlier governments. This was seen through by the voters. They voted us out."

Scams and family domination are the twin evils of Congress. The earlier the party realises this, the better for them. Instead it is trying to tighten the family's grip by roping in Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.

Milind Deora has attempted to speak out the truth. The High Command is not pleased. It is pleasantly surprising that Milind Deora has not been made to disown his statement or to clarify that he has been misunderstood by the media. 

According to Indian Express, "In the first open criticism from within the Congress after the party’s crushing electoral defeat, former union minister Milind Deora said on Wednesday that Rahul Gandhi’s advisers did not have their “ears to the ground” and those with “no electoral experience” were “calling the shots”, but added that “the people who take the advice also have to bear responsibility”.

1 comment:

Chaitanya said...

Congress has always been a Gandhian party. It is necessary for them to move away from dynastic policies but I'm not sure there is anyone else in the party who will get complete acceptance from within