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Congress changes the language of discourse in UP

The party says it is shifting the focus from communalism and casteism to devpt, inclusive politics and growth during its poll campaign, reports Saroj Nagi.

india Updated: Apr 25, 2007 03:31 IST
Saroj Nagi

The Congress on Tuesday claimed that it was changing the language of politics in Uttar Pradesh by shifting the focus from communalism and casteism---articulated by other formations----to development and inclusive politics and growth during its election campaign.

According to spokesman Devendra Dwivedi, the four phases of the assembly polls have shown a clear evidence of ``fatigue factor’’ against sectarian and communal politics and there was a ``perceptible’’ swing in favour of the Congress. He claimed that the party would have a key role to play in the post-poll scenario in which the other players are either politically at loggerheads with each other or cannot be seen to overtly co-habit with each other. His reference was to the BJP, the SP and the BSP.

Dwivedi attacked the BJP, SP and BSP brand of ``exclusivist’’ politics which has changed the ``grammer, metaphor and nature of politics’’ and even struck at the very roots of constitutional democracy. He alleged that while the BJP sought to create a hindu vote bank by exploiting religion, the other two were using social justice for caste-based mobilization to deepen social divide, accentuate polarization. He used the occasion to allege a nexus between the SP and BJP communally polarizing society since they feed on each other.

The Congress campaign was centred around two themes: the price UP has had to pay because of the politics of caste and communalism and the impact this has had on the state and national politics as a whole by paving the non-political route to power, where the outcome is decided not on the basis of ideology but in caste and communal terms. In the process,the electorate has been fragmented.

``The Congress has highlighted that if UP wants to rejoin national politics it must embrace the Congress and the secular and inclusive politics it stands for,’’ he said, referring to Amethi MP Rahul Gandhi's campaign in UP.

First Published: Apr 25, 2007 03:25 IST