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India’s youth will respond to Rahul’s call to defend idea of India: Chidambaram

Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram said the party would build an alternative narrative based on fairness, equal opportunity, jobs for the youth, and lifting 250 million people out of poverty.

india Updated: Dec 17, 2017 17:59 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
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New Congress President Rahul Gandhi waves to party workers after his elevation ceremony as Congress President, in New Delhi on Saturday. (PTI)

Former Union minister P Chidambaram has said that the Congress will create an alternative narrativebased on fairness, equal opportunity and jobs for the youth under the leadership of new party chief Rahul Gandhi.

In a series of tweets, Chidambaram said Gandhi’s inaugural speech on Sunday laid down the contours of an alternative narrative that the Congress will put forward before the people.

“The Congress will build an alternative narrative based on fairness, equal opportunity, jobs for the youth, and lifting 250 million people out of poverty,” he said.

The senior Congress leader said that his party’s recall of India’s history was different from the BJP’s.

“Our idea of India is different from the BJP’s. Mr Rahul Gandhi called upon India’s youth to defend our idea of India, and I am sure the young will respond,” Chidambaram tweeted.

In his first speech to party workers after his formal takeover on Sunday, Gandhi set the tone of its future course and how the party would take on its arch-rival BJP, saying the Congress was for inclusive politics and that it respects all Indians that extends even to the ruling party.

His party, the new Congress president said, brought India into the 21st century and alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was taking India back to the medieval times.

Meanwhile, Chidambaram hit out at Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit and said he was not the “real” head of the state executive, a post held by the chief minister who was “cowering” in fear of the Centre.

In a series of tweets, Chidambaram said he was “amused” by a release issued by the Raj Bhavan that the governor was the head of the state executive as per the Constitution and has complete power to obtain any information connected with the administration of the state and to visit various parts of the state without any restrictions.

“The governor is only the ‘titular’ head of the executive, not the ‘real’ head. Since the real head, the chief minister, is cowering in fear of the central government, the TN Governor is exceeding his authority,” he said.

The former Union Finance and Home minister said, “To be worthy of the office he holds, the Tamil Nadu chief minister (Edappadi K Palaniswami) should instruct district administrations to refuse to participate in meetings called by the governor”.

In a statement, Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit on Sunday said he would continue to interact with the common people and officials during his visits to various districts in the coming months.

The Raj Bhavan, in its release, rubbished the allegation that the governor was “interfering at the behest of the Centre (in administration)”.

“This is a bald allegation unsupported by any facts. This allegation deserves to be ignored,” it said.

The release said the people who were ignorant of the Constitution or those prejudiced against the office of the governor should desist from making comments that are illegal in nature.

It extensively quoted the constitutional provisions on the powers of the governor as the head of the state executive.

First Published: Dec 17, 2017 13:38 IST