A statement has come from you that if the Congress has not taken a lesson, then in 2024 also Narendra Modi will come. What is that lesson?
Where do you think the Congress is defaulting?
I had also said earlier, even today, I am saying that due to the arrival of some non-political people inside the party, the Congress is getting entangled in the thrown net of RSS and BJP. The Sangh and the BJP are trying to prove the Congress a ‘Muslim Party’ and the Congress is proving itself to be a Muslim Party. The Congress did not have to form an alliance with Maulana Badruddin Ajmal in Assam, Furfura Sharif’s Pirzada in Bengal and the Muslim League in Kerala. This alliance polarized Hindu votes against the Congress. As a result, the winning election party of Assam and Kerala lost and did not get a single seat in Bengal, while in the previous term it was the main opposition party in the assembly.
What is the way for the Congress to come out of this dilemma?
The time is no longer when there used to be a Muslim vote bank. Now the Hindu vote bank has been formed. Going to the temple and worshiping at the time of election does nothing. The public then sees the faces of the accompanying people. The Congress will have to forward those who have not been accused of being anti-Hindu. The BJP’s card of religion can be neutralized only when Hindus consider them to be their own. But politics is being provided to non-political people, the disease is being treated by seeing symptoms, there is no need to go to the foundation. That is why I advocate Priyanka Gandhi taking command of the party.
The party high command has constituted a committee to review the debacle in five states. Is there any hope for this committee to come to any conclusion?
Which was the election that did not have a committee to review after the defeat? After the 2014 defeat, the committee headed by AK Antony had openly stated that the party’s excessive inclination towards the minorities was not liked by the majority Hindus, and that it was the reason for the party’s defeat. What happened to that report? It is not that the party leadership does not know the reason. There is a tradition of forming a committee to review after the election debacle.
What was the reason in Bengal that BJP could not succeed even after trying every formula?
I do not underestimate the performance of BJP in Bengal, it is a different matter that it could not form a government. The biggest reason for Mamata Banerjee’s victory in Bengal was that she did not allow herself to be labeled a ‘Muslim prodigy’. As soon as the BJP tried to do so, she changed the track and managed to establish that she was a larger Hindu than BJP leaders. The reason for Arvind Kejriwal winning two consecutive elections in Delhi is that he maintains his image of a Hindu leader. Start every meeting with Bharat Mata Ki Jai, Bajrangbali Ki Jai.
Will the dislocation seen in different states during the Kovid period affect the upcoming elections?
It depends on the opposition how it is able to cope with the propaganda of the BJP, otherwise the BJP can also establish that if Modi had not been there, there would have been more deaths than had happened. If she is successful in doing this, then whatever chaos has been there, it will not make any difference.