Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram called the BJP-led central government “disastrous” and said on Thursday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi fears only one thing – “losing elections” – and does not worry about anything else, including his party colleagues.
The former EU minister spoke at a three-day training camp for Assam Congress workers here, saying the country is “sliding down” rapidly and that it will be in “serious danger” if the current government continues in office.
“This is a catastrophic government. To cover up its monumental failures, this government has resorted to religion. Another reason to take sides with religion is to divide the country on religious lines to win elections,” he said.
The senior congressman said: “Modi is not afraid of anything – his party, MPs, CMs, ministers, the president, the vice president, the judges, God or anyone else.”
“He fears only one thing – to lose an election. Under no circumstances does he want to lose an election. I’m glad he fears at least something. The only way to save the country is to defeat Modi at every election. ” The congressional veteran said several dangers lay ahead of the country with China occupying Indian territory and building villages on the border, young people in Kashmir returning to militancy, and the economy collapsing.
Referring to the resurgence of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi following the massive election defeat in 1977, the former home and finance minister of the former Union asked congressional workers to be sure of winning again.
“We also lost in 1996, 1998, 1999. In 1999, we lost to a charismatic leader, good speaker and lifelong swayamsevak Atal Bihari Vajpayee. But we won back from him in 2004 because of Sonia Gandhi’s and the state’s hard work Congress units.”
“So I want to tell you that the last seven and a half years should not lead to a conclusion that Narendra Modi is invincible or invincible. We must believe that our idea (of politics) is right and his (Modis “If you can convince yourself, you will first be able to convince others,” he noted.
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