Rahul Gandhi Remarks On Regional Parties: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Janata Dal (Secular) have criticized the statement of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi regarding regional parties. The RJD said the Congress leader’s claims were “strange” and did not match the stand of his own party.
RJD spokesperson Manoj Kumar Jha said that regional parties are in a strong position in the fight against BJP with a large number of seats in the Lok Sabha and Congress has to win more than 320 out of 543 seats in the Lok Sabha by the members of regional parties. In view of this, he should be allowed to stay in the ‘driving seat’ and become a ‘hit-traveller’ himself. He said that RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav has also said this.
In his address at the Congress’ ‘Chintan Shivir’ in Udaipur, Rajasthan, Rahul had claimed that regional parties cannot fight the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh as they lack ideology. He had said that Congress can fight this battle.
Jha, a Rajya Sabha member, said, “It seems a bit strange and contradictory to me.” Will take
On the other hand, Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Kumaraswamy said that Congress is feeling scared of regional parties. He said that today there is no presence of Congress in most parts of the country.
Kumaraswamy said the Congress brought down the IK Gujral-led United Front government, demanding that the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) be kept out of the cabinet, citing DMK’s links with the LTTE in the backdrop of the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. . The JD(S) leader said that in later years the Congress shared cordial, political relations with the same party.
Former Chief Minister Kumaraswamy asked in a tweet, “Was it an ideological commitment to share power with the same DMK for 10 years in the Manmohan Singh-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA)-I and II governments?”
The former chief minister said that he (Rahul) should not forget that his party Congress enjoyed power for 10 years on the strength of regional parties. Kumaraswamy said that the Congress is feeling afraid of regional parties. “The party has no presence in most of the states like Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Odisha. Congress is in its last days in Karnataka. It would be better if Rahul Gandhi understands this.