It's too early to write Congress' obituary, says ex-Union minister
Former union minister Ashwani Kumar has dismissed any "wave" in favour of BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and said it is too early to write an "obituary" of the Congress party.india Updated: Apr 12, 2014 01:11 IST
Former union minister Ashwani Kumar has dismissed any "wave" in favour of BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and said it is too early to write an "obituary" of the Congress party.
"Till the last vote is counted, humility demands that the voters' preferences should not be pre-judged. But of course in a democracy, the majority view will prevail," Kumar told HT.
Attacking Modi, Kumar said the Gujarat chief minister's style of politics, if it succeeds, would alter the political narrative from "consensus building to unilateralism" which is "inherently undemocratic".
However, Kumar admitted that the Congress was not able to articulate effectively and in time its "very substantial contribution" to the nation's development. "We remained on the defensive for far too long. Our strategy should have been to frontally and decisively confront the opposition's campaign of calumny against us," he said.
Kumar blamed the compulsions of coalition politics for delay in action on the part of the UPA government in some corruption cases and urged Congress president Sonia Gandhi to take suitable action to strengthen the party in the light of new realities.