NEW DELHI: Many Congress leaders like Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Shashi Tharoor on Friday backed party colleague and former Union minister
‘s remarks on
, saying demonising the Prime Minister was “wrong”.
Speaking at a book launch on Thursday, former Union minister Ramesh had said Modi’s governance model was “not a complete negative story”, adding that not recognising his work and demonising him all the time was not going to help.
Echoing Ramesh’s views, Singhvi tweeted: “Always said demonising Modi wrong. Not only is he PM of 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, ujjawala scheme is only one amongst other good deeds,” he said.
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“As you know, 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 opposition coming around to a view for which i was excoriated at the time!,” Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said in a tweet.
Jairam Ramesh had also cited how successful the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUJA) had turned out for Modi.
PM Modi’s governance model is not a “complete negative story” and not recognizing his work and demonizing him all the time is not going to help, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said on Thursday.
It is time we recognize Modi’s work and what he did between 2014 and 2019 due to which he was voted back to power by over “30 per cent of the electorate”, said Ramesh.
(BJP) got 37.4 per cent of votes in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The NDA, as a whole, secured nearly 45 per cent of votes.
“He (Modi) talks in a language that connects him with the people. Unless we recognize 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,” the Congress leader made the remarks while while launching a book.
“Also, if you are going to demonize him all the time, you are not going to be able to confront him,” warned the former Union minister, who held portfolios of rural development, and drinking water and sanitation ministries in the
Ramesh sought to clarify that he is not asking anyone to praise or applaud the Prime Minister, but only wants the political class to at least recognise the traits he has brought to the governance — particularly the “economics of governance”.
“Let me tell you it is not a completely negative story when it comes to economics of the governance, the politics of the governance is completely different,” said the noted economist, adding “the social relations that have been created out of his governance model is also completely different”.
To prove his point, Ramesh gave example of the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUJ) and how successful it turned out for him.
“In 2019, all of us in the political discourse made fun of one or two of his programmes, but it has turned out in all electoral studies that the PMUJ is one single program which has been able to connect him with crores and crores of women and given him the political traction which he didn’t have in 2014,” said the Rajya Sabha member from Karnataka.
“Now if we are going to run this down and say this is all hocus pocus and say these are wrong numbers, we are not going to confront this guy,” he cautioned.
Stating that something happened in the last decade, which catapulted Modi from a “non-entity in national politics” in the 2009 general elections to someone who won elections back to back, Ramesh said people of the country — right or wrong — are not relating “current distress to his presence”.
“We talked about farmers distress through out our entire campaign, people realise there was farmers’ distress but they did not hold Modi responsible for it. You saw what happened in the elections result thereafter. We have to understand what made him respectable,” he said.