New Delhi, Sept. 16: The Congress has started countering Narendra Modi’s political model by projecting Rahul Gandhi as the last hope of “the poor and the weaker sections of the society”, demonstrating its innate faith in the viability of a strategy that defeated the proponents of Shining India in the best phase of their political life.
The Congress, which so far hasn’t officially responded to the BJP’s decision to project Modi as its prime ministerial candidate, has instead chosen to extol Rahul’s commitment to the “poor, tribals, Dalits and minorities”.
Congress spokesperson Bhakta Charan Das today said: “His (Rahul) commitment is unmatched, unparalleled. Making bridges, roads and buildings isn’t a big thing but fighting for the poor and the oppressed is.”
The context of the statement at the news conference wasn’t hard to explain; it was a comparison of two political models that is on display nowadays.
The spokesperson did not name Modi but the hints were evident when he said: “We should ponder what is more important; becoming Prime Minister or giving voice to these people, whether the country needs a Prime Minister or a leader who has such commitments.”
The comment triggered a frenzied volley of questions about the Congress’s readiness to challenge Modi and whether Rahul had decided not to become Prime Minister. But Das sought to put things in perspective, arguing that “if a person who is committed to make a change in the lives of backwards, tribals and the poor becomes the Prime Minister, it will be good. It will shape the national thought process for the welfare of the oppressed class”.
In response to further questions, he said: “We don’t know what the political dynamics and the national requirements will be in the future but becoming Prime Minister is not the goal. We are fortunate to have a leader who is committed to serve the poor. People who are fighting for the Dalits, for the poor, for the minorities know where to go, who is the last hope.”
Rahul’s theme song has been the poor and he has been dwelling on empowerment at the grassroots while Modi’s loud rhetoric revolves around high growth, anti-Congressism, terrorism and Pakistan.