Union minister and Congress candidate from south Mumbai Milind Deora said on Wednesday that an NDA government at the Centre with Narendra Modi at its helm isn’t going to work in the long run. Speaking to ET journalists, Deora said that there will be political stability in the country only if the leader of the nation is socially acceptable, but unfortunately Modi isn’t .
The Congress leader added that the corporate world, investors and everybody else in the country are looking for political stability, but that will come only if there’s acceptability for the topmost leader. “The BJP has taken a big risk by choosing Modi as its leader. He has no social acceptability, so ultimately there can’t be any political stability if he’s the boss,” reasoned Deora.
Deora also said that BJP has a structure and a sub-structure , and the moment the party comes to power, the substructure becomes very active and takes control of many things. “In such a situation, the leader succumbs to the pressure created by the sub-structure . This model isn’t sustainable,” he added. He warned of the pitfalls of a rightwing party projecting an extreme rightwing person as its PM candidate.
“If Modi comes to power, you will initially see the markets going up, but they will burst in the next 10-12 months because there’s no way he can sustain this government . The sub-structure will simply not let him function,” he said. Despite the UPA government facing an anti-incumbency wave and prospects not looking too good for the Congress, Deora isn’t ready to give up, and says the government is under constant scrutiny and sometimes there’s a feeling that whatever goes wrong is because of the government.
“A lot has been done by the UPA government in the last 10 years, but this is the first government which has to deal with Right to Information (RTI) Act and 24/7 news coverage. To add to it, there’s a social media which is changing the political environment not just in India but also in other parts of the world such as the Middle East,” he said. Asked about his recent tweets where he initially came across as voicing dissent against the Congress’ official line on several issues, Deora said, “When I feel like saying something, I say it.
Even during the 26/11 terror attacks when Vilasrao (former CM) went to the Taj Hotel with Ram Gopal Varma, I said what I felt like… it wasn’t political.” The young leader rues the fact that the party hadn’t communicated well with the people, admitting it was their biggest mistake. “When the 2G scam broke, we should have come out and explained to the people what the reality was, but we took long to do it. If better communication had happened, we would have had lesser anti-incumbency ,”he said .
Source: The Economic Times
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