“Blind anti-Congressism will not work.”
This was the advice the Congress gave regional parties in the aftermath of the Aam Aadmi Party’s defeat in the Delhi civic polls on Wednesday.
“I hope that all regional parties realise at least now that blind anti-Congressism is not the way. The country must come first in battle of ideologies,” said Randeep Singh Surjewala, the party’s chief spokesperson.
The country’s grand old party also pitched for greater Opposition unity to take on the BJP at a time when non-NDA political outfits are already trying to come together for the presidential elections. Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav, CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury, NCP chief Sharad Pawar and CPI head D Raja have held talks with Congress president Sonia Gandhi on projecting a common candidate against the NDA’s choice.
Much stress has also been placed on the need for a grand alliance ahead of the 2019 general elections to stop the BJP juggernaut.
Party colleague Ajoy Kumar elaborated on Surjewala’s stand. “It is important to save the idea of India. Regional parties who are being anti-Congress merely for the sake of being anti-Congress must take a relook at where they stand on their idea of India. The idea of India that Congress stands for is pluralistic, inclusive, development-oriented and gender-sensitive. On the other side, inspired by the Manu Smriti, is the RSS that’s anti-women, anti-inclusive, anti-community…anti-everything except rich. That is the fight,” he told reporters.