Criticising the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan today stated that while the safron party is an election-winning machine, it is concerning in which direction they are taking the country. Speaking at the India Today Conclave 2017, he said BJP has got only 30 % of the votes and the party has perfected their technique to win the elections with a no holds barred game. Hitting out at BJP’s decision to place its Chief Minister in Goa, Chavan said that in Goa the decision went against the safron party and its Chief Minister and six of their BJP ministers lost. Further defending the Gandhis, he said that the Gandhi family is the glue to hold the party together and there is a possibility of state leaders spilling away.
Also speaking at the conclave, Power Minister Piyush Goyal hit out at the Congress party stating that the Rahul Gandhi-led opposition will do well if it understands what is called in management lexicon the VUCA (Vulnerability, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity) of leadership. Over the talks on the formation of a ‘mahagathbandhan’, the Union Minister said that it is a good news are trying to come together to form a better opposition for BJP.
Over Chavan’s counter on the goals achieved by demonetisation, Goyal stated that while the Congress party has a linear view, BJP takes a holistic approach. he also claimed that the anti-graft policy was not the only step to curb the flow of black money in the country, rather it was a part of the series of efforts which started with the formation of the SIT against black money. Goyal countered Chavan over questions raised on whether corruption has ended post implementation of the note ban policy. The BJP MP claimed that as long as the Congress party is there, corruption won’t end within them.
The India Today Conclave 2017 is being held in Mumbai. President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah and former French President Nicolas Sarkozy are among a host of dignitaries who are gracing the event. The two-day event, beginning from today, will be deliberating on its theme ‘The Great Disruption’. PM Modi will address the 16th edition of the conclave in the concluding session. The PM will be sharing his thoughts on the Politics of Disruption Setting India’s New Agenda, according to the India Today report.