In London, Rahul Gandhi highlights reason for Congress failure to win elections
Speaking at the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London, Rahul Gandhi, a former Congress chief, on Monday, said that it is ridiculous to imagine that the Congress is no longer in power and that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would be in power eternally.
While concluding his week-long UK tour, the Wayanad Member of Parliament also highlighted the reason behind Congress’s failure. He said the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government’s lack of focus on a shifting nature of the political discourse in India was the key factor behind its failure.
Rahul Gandhi said the Congress was focusing a lot on the rural space and the party missed the ball at the beginning on the urban space, that is a fact. Those things are there. But to say that the BJP is in power and the Congress is gone, that is actually a ridiculous idea, he added.
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Gandhi said the nature of democratic contest in India has completely changed and the reason is that one organization called RSS – a fundamentalist, fascist organization has basically captured pretty much all of India’s institutions.
He further said that Congress has been in power since Independence. Before the BJP was in power for 10 years, Congress was in power for 10 years. The BJP likes to believe that they have come to power in India and they are going to be in power eternally, but that is not the case, he added.
The BJP has accused Gandhi of maligning India on foreign soil while praising China. Union minister Anurag Thakur criticized the Congress leader on Monday for his comments and urged him not to betray the country.
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