Congress is desperate to find ways to tackle BJP’s growing influence across the country. The level of desperateness is such that the Congress leaders are, in effect, killing whatever chances the party has in the upcoming Uttar Pradesh and Punjab Assembly elections.
While before the surgical strikes carried out by Indian Army in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir on September 29, Congress’ focus was on attacking Prime Minster Narendra Modi and stalling the reform initiatives of the government, the party stooped to a new low after them.
Here are five ways the Congress has tried to counter the BJP after the latter seem to have gained favourable public opinion because of the Indian Army’s surgical strikes.
Demanding proof of surgical strikes
The Congress leaders have started to prove BJP’s claim that they don’t know how to be in the Opposition.
Soon after the surgical strikes, the Congress had shown its solidarity with the Centre and the PM. But when it apparently dawned upon the party that it can’t let the BJP gain political mileage from the attacks, the Congress leaders started demanding proof of surgical strikes — sometimes directly, sometimes indirectly.
The move was, however, politically suicidal.
Calling PM Modi a war monger
Congress leader Digvijaya Singh likes to make controversial remarks. He is a politician, he can do so. But calling the PM ‘war monger’ for avenging Uri attacks and killing terrorists is something common man of the country may never understand. Singh may think it is good for Congress’ future.
Khoon-ki Dalali allegation against PM Modi
Ahead of 2014 General elections, Congress President Sonia Gandhi had called PM Modi (then Gujarat CM) the ‘merchant of death’. Everyone knows what happened after that.
After completing his month-long ‘Kisan Yatra’ in UP, Rahul Gandhi accused PM Modi of doing ‘khoon ki dalali’. He said this to prove that the BJP is doing politics over surgical strikes. One may wonder if he knew what he was doing!
There is no doubt that political decency is a dying commodity these days. However, some of it can still be expected from the leaders of an over 100-years-old party.
Burning PM Modi effigy as evil king Ravana
As PM Modi participated in a Dussehra rally in Lucknow on October 11, Congress-backed NSUI members burnt the effigy of PM Modi as ‘Ravana’ in JNU. It is clear that the NSUI members burnt the Modi effigy to get some limelight. People may not find it in good taste.
Reports said the NSUI has sent a notice to the JNU unit of NSUI. But what’s the point of sending a notice when the effigy has already been burnt?
Promising loan waivers to farmers, evoking the memories of ‘garibi hatao’
At a time when the Union government is working on a strategy to double the income of farmers in six years, the Congress is promising unrealistic loan waivers to farmers in UP. As per estimates, farmers in the state owe loans up to Rs 50,000 crore. Even if the Congress wins in UP, from where will it get so much money to waive the loans.
The Congress strategy reminds of the ‘garibi hatao’ initiatives of the party over several decades. Everyone now knows, how much poverty has left India.