Kolkata: Senior Congress chief Jairam Ramesh on Sunday asserted that non-BJP events that consider opposition unity with out the grand outdated celebration because the fulcrum is feasible reside in a “idiot’s paradise”. With out naming any outfit, he stated many regional events have back-stabbed the grand outdated celebration up to now to serve their very own self-interests, and that such events ought to cease utilizing Congress as a punching bag.
“There can’t be any opposition unity with out the Congress as its fulcrum. That’s elementary. If any non-BJP outfit thinks any alliance sans the Congress can present a steady authorities for 5 years, it’s residing in a idiot’s paradise. There can by no means be any opposition unity minus the Congress,” Ramesh stated in an interview with PTI in Kolkata, the place he had come to attend a celebration programme.
Though he dubbed the Aam Aadmi Get together (AAP) because the “B-team” of the BJP, Ramesh stopped in need of analysing the function of the Trinamool Congress, which too, just like the Arvind Kejriwal-led celebration, is against the Congress, by saying, “It (TMC) has Congress in its identify.”
“We now have stated this earlier than…There may be ample proof to show that AAP is the B-team of the BJP. For those who take a look at its historical past or the background of its leaders, you’ll understand it. Concerning the TMC, I’m but to make my evaluation, however I believe they, too, have Congress of their identify,” he stated.
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With out naming anybody, Ramesh stated those that discuss of opposition unity with out the Congress solely wish to weaken the opposition entrance and the grand outdated celebration.
“In an alliance, you give one thing and obtain one thing in return. It’s an understanding. Thus far, the Congress has been providing, and everybody has benefited from it. And after getting advantages, they’ve been attempting to make use of the Congress as a punching bag to weaken it. This has to cease now,” he stated.
Terming the Congress the “huge elephant of Indian politics”, Ramesh stated nobody ought to make the error of “writing it off”. Talking on the continued Bharat Jodo Yatra, he stated a strengthened Congress and a extra sturdy and constructive opposition could be the top product of the march.
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“We now have began the Yatra over nationwide points. The nation goes by a scenario the place our politics, financial system, and establishments are falling aside because of the BJP and its divisive politics. One other motive of the Yatra is to galvanise the rank and file of the Congress forward of the 2024 Lok Sabha polls,” the previous union atmosphere minister stated.
Ramesh stated the Yatra was not aimed toward state elections within the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls. When informed that the Congress is talking of “Bharat Jodo” when the celebration itself is in disarray, Ramesh stated the outfit is attempting to repair its inside points.
“We now have to set our home so as, and we’re doing it. We now have to repair our points and are within the means of doing it. The Congress is a 137-year-old celebration; generally, there are some essential moments in historical past once you want out-of-the-box considering to achieve out to the plenty. Bharat Jodo Yatra is one such considering and shall be a recreation changer,” he stated.
An almost 3,650-km-long padayatra from Kanyakumari to Kashmir is being undertaken by senior chief Rahul Gandhi since September 7. The five-and-a-half month-long march goals to galvanise Congress cadres and strengthen the organisation, inhaling new power.
Taking a swipe at Congress ‘G-23’ leaders, senior politicians of the celebration who had sought an organisational overhaul and elections in any respect ranges in a letter to the Congress president in August 2020, Ramesh stated that after the age of 65, senior politicos ought to act as “mentors and groom next-generation leaders”.
“Senior Congress leaders ought to act as mentors. I consider I’m now 68 and haven’t got the identical power I used to have ten or 5 years again. After the age of 65, one ought to establish people who find themselves of their 30s and 40s and groom them for turning into next-generation leaders,” he stated.
Talking on the continued desertion of senior leaders from the celebration, Ramesh stated those that have gotten every part from Congress are leaving the celebration.
“There are two sorts of people who find themselves leaving the Congress. The primary kind contains those that have benefited immensely from the celebration. Ghulam Nabi Azad is an instance. He bought every part from the celebration and has now left it.
“The second kind are these leaving the Congress to flee investigative businesses that are after them for his or her earlier sins. Devoted Congressmen won’t ever desert the celebration,” he stated.
When requested whether or not the Bharat Jodo Yatra’s thought to mobilise plenty was taken from the Ram Rath Yatra of the BJP within the 90s, Ramesh replied in adverse.
“Earlier, on a number of events, the Congress and Rahul Gandhi have taken out yatras, however perhaps not of this scale. And relating to BJP’s yatra, it was in response to V P Singh’s Mandal Fee. The Bharat Jodo Yatra is towards the divisive politics and insurance policies of the BJP,” he added.