Taking a dig at the Congress, finance minister Arun Jaitley said on Saturday the party will shrink in the absence of stalwarts like Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi as it does not have leaders of that stature.
“Where you have dynasties, dynasties become Albatross around your neck. Without the dynasty, you are irrelevant. With the dynasty, you stagnate. That is the problem of the Congress,” he said at an event organised by News 24.
Fielding a poser that there are examples of father-son duo in the BJP, too, he spoke about a fundamental difference. “Two persons from the same family enter politics... One big national party is being owned by one family. It’s like proprietorship business and the authority to become Prime Minister belongs to that family only. This is the fundamental difference.”
Wherever there is a dynasty, leadership creation outside is very difficult, he said.
“After the recent election results, I asked a very senior leader of the Congress in a TV debate to name few leaders of some of the states. He started fumbling after two-three names,” Jaitley said.
The BJP made stunning inroads into the northeast, wresting power from the Congress in Assam for the first time on Thursday, riding an anti-incumbency wave that two powerful women chief ministers, Mamata Banerjee and J Jayalalithaa, overcame in West Bengal and Tamil Nadu.
The Congress’ electoral downslide continued as its scandal-tainted coalition government lost to the Left in Kerala. The party, which has lost six state elections since the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, however, picked up a consolation prize of sorts in Puducherry by defeating the regional All India NR Congress (AINRC).