The BJP on Thursday fished in the troubled Congress waters, seeking to embarrass its principal rival by asking it not to “live in denial” over its senior leader Janardhan Dwivedi’s reported statement that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s win was a victory of Indian-ness.
Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said Dwivedi – who is known to be a speech writer of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi – has made a “considered” statement and reflect the internal rift and the lack of democracy in the rival party.
“This rift is only because there is no inner party democracy in Congress. It is not there today, it never was. We cannot expect Congress to have democracy and shared values of democracy within the party," Sitharaman told reporters in New Delhi.
Calling Dwivedi’s statement as ‘based on facts’, Sitharaman also hit out at the Congress saying the criticism over his statement reflects the party's "family politics and dynastic politics culture and mindset."
The BJP leader asked the Congress to objectively instrospect on reasons of its humiliating defeat in the Lok Sabha elections and subsequent assembly polls to understand the public mood in favour of Modi and BJP that has come due to the Indian-ness exhibited by them in touching the common man's interests.
"When they are assessing their loss after eight months, still they are in a self denial mode," she said, adding that the criticism over the statement by Congress is like "insulting" the voters of the country who voted the BJP and Modi to power.
"It reflects the mindset of the Congress party that Janardan Dwivedi's statement is being condemned by the Congress spokesperson. It is a statement which reflects the mindset of flattery, a mindset of not looking at virtues of democracy politics. People who have benefitted from dynastic politics are protesting," Sitharaman said.