‘In Congress, the family is party; in BJP, party is family’
The BJP on Wednesday interpreted the entry of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra into the active politics in the Congress as an admission of his brother Rahul’s leadership failure and likened the move to the party opting for a “family alliance” after having been “rejected by various parties in the proposed mahagathbandan”.
“Priyanka ji has become the general secretary, my good luck to her. Since the party is a family concern, these kinds of postings are nothing unusual, except to say with a caveat why has she been given the limited role of eastern UP? Perhaps her persona merited a wider role,” said Union Law Minister and senior BJP leader Ravishankar Prasad.
Claiming that the appointments made by the Congress reflected the outlook of the party, Prasad said it was a case of a brother (Congress president Rahul Gandhi) appointing his sister to a party position.
Railway Minister Piyush Goel accused the party of carrying out dynasty politics and said, “In the Congress party there is reservation only for one family, nobody gets anything beyond them.”
BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra claimed the new appointment reflected crisis of confidence within the Congress against Rahul. “The Congress has basically publicly announced that Rahul Gandhi has failed and needs crutches from within the family. Because of his rejection by grand alliance parties, he has opted for a family alliance,” Patra said.
Patra said it was natural that the Congress had to “coronate” somebody from within the family and added that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has projected the Lok Sabha elections as a battle between “naamdar” (dynasts) and “kaamdar” (those who have worked).
The new India is asking the question who will be the next leader in the Congress, Patra said referring to its succession line from Jawaharlal Nehru to Indira followed by Rajiv, Sonia and Rahul.
“All appointments are from one family. And this is the fundamental difference between the Congress and the BJP. In the Congress, the family is party. In the BJP, the party is family,” Patra said.
In 2014 elections, Congress could win only two seats — Sonia from Rae Bareily and Rahul from Amethi — from UP which has the largest number of 80 Lok Sabha seats in the country.
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