Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, while talking about 2014 Lok Sabha polls, said losing the elections proved to be useful for his party. Gandhi said, “BJP ne meri bahut madad ki, 2014 polls jo hum haare usse faaydemand cheez nahi ho sakti (BJP helped me a lot, nothing could be more useful for us than losing 2014 polls.)” In his latest candid comments on himself and his party, Congress VP said that the Bharatiya Janata Party opened his eyes, as per the report by ANI. While addressing a crowd in Vadodara yesterday, Gandhi said, “Meri pitai kar-kar ke unhone meri aankhen khol di (Their (BJP’s) constant bashing of me opened my eyes),” referring to the BJP targetting him personally during the poll campaign.
Gandhi had earlier talked in similar vein. While speaking at the University of California in Berkeley, he acknowledged that the Congress lost the last general election because it had become arrogant and lost touch with the people, reported the Times of India. “Somewhere around 2012, and I say this, a certain arrogance crept into the Congress party. And they stopped having that conversation,” said Rahul in the Berkeley interaction last month.
— ANI (@ANI) October 9, 2017
However, taking a dig at the Modi government, Gandhi in an interaction with members of the business community in Gujarat yesterday said that the Congress could have done a lot better in the areas of generating jobs and in promoting small and medium businesses, but that it still was better than the BJP dispensation currently at the Centre. Rahul Gandhi said, “Modi Ji’s focus is not on (providing) jobs,” reported ANI. “Our record was better than theirs (the BJP government’s), but even our record was 5 on 10,” he said, adding that job creation is India’s biggest challenge today.