NEW DELHI: A day after senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said it was wrong to “demonise” Prime Minister Narendra Modi, several party colleagues, including Abhishek Singhvi, Shashi Tharoor and Sharmishtha Mukherjee, echoed his sentiment.
At a book launch on Thursday, Ramesh had said it was time Congress recognised the PM’s work that won him a repeat mandate in 2019. “Unless we realise that he is doing things which people recognise and which have not been done in the past, we are not going to be able to confront this guy,” Ramesh had said.
On Friday, Singhvi, advocated a more measured approach to referring to the PM. “Always said demonising PM Modi wrong. Not only is he the PM of the nation, a one-way opposition actually helps him. Acts are always good, bad and indifferent — they must be judged issue-wise and not person-wise. Certainly, Ujjwala scheme is only one among other good deeds,” he said in a tweet.
Speaking to TOI, Singhvi clarified that he had only reiterated what he had said before. “If the essence of life is not in binaries — black or white — how then can the essence of persons, issues and politics be radically different,” he said, adding that the result of a persistent attack on the PM was actually achieving the exact opposite of the intended effect.
Tharoor, in his interaction with a social media user, sought to explain the reason why there should be a measured response to the PM. “I have argued for six years now that Narendra Modi should be praised whenever he says or does the right thing, which would add credibility to our criticisms whenever he errs. I welcome others in the opposition coming around to a view for which I was excoriated at the time,” he said on Twitter.
Though not tantamount to unequivocal praise for Modi, the remarks appeared to be in stark contrast to former Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s relentless attack on the PM as well as the slogan of “chowkidaar chor hai”, which he had used against the PM during the Lok Sabha elections.
Former President Pranab Mukherjee’s daughter Sharmishtha Mukjerjee also backed Singhvi. She said, “Nation building is an ongoing process carried on by successive governments. Hope Modi and team also realise this. Instead of trying to diminish Pandit Nehru, they should accept his and Congress’s immense contribution and carry it forward. Criticism should be on policies, not personalities.”
Source: Times of India