'Gandhis under siege like 1977, charisma fading'

  • Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Apr 15, 2014 08:09 IST

The Gandhis are under siege the way they were post Emergency in 1977 and their charisma is on the wane, senior BJP leader and candidate for Amritsar Lok Sabha seat, Arun Jaitley, has blogged.

"If the Congress loses," he wrote in his online campaign diary, "It'll be not because of its chief ministers but poor governance. He quoted two national newspapers as reporting that desperation within the Congress was so high that in order to confine Narendra Modi, Priyanka Gandhi had agreed to contest from Varanasi against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate.”

He referred to more news reports that the Congress had told its CMs to perform or perish. "If the reports are true, it only confirms how far cut off from reality the Congress is. The Gandhis are under siege. The situation is akin to what happened to Indira Gandhi and Sanjay Gandhi in the run-up to the 1977 general elections. Economic populism did not work. The family charisma has faded away," Jaitley wrote.

A party that is a mere crowd around a family probably felt that the current leader in the clan had not clicked, the BJP candidate has stated. "The solution is to make the Congress a more structured party. The Congress solution is if one incumbent in the family fails, the alternative can only be another member of the family. I only wish that the desperate solution of Varanasi had been implemented actually. The country now needs the myth of the other member of the family also to explode," Jaitley added.

The problem was not with the Congress CMs, said the leader, but in the quality of the government they ran "and in the non-inspirational personality of Rahul Gandhi". "When the problem is within the family, why look for scapegoats outside?" he remarked.

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