Congress’ dynastic politics threat to India’s future: BJP

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has said that a ‘conspiracy’ has been hatched to promote the Gandhi-Nehru family.

Written by Express News Service | Nagpur | Published:February 8, 2009 2:35 am

The BJP’s second-rung leadership on Sunday launched a scathing attack on the Congress for “thrusting on the country dynastic politics in the name of GenNext leadership” and claimed that “India,like the USA,is disturbed over political power getting concentrated in the hands of a few families”.

“The youth of the country has a future in the BJP alone. The Congress makes most of its appointments based on the family legacy,” said senior party leader Sushma Swaraj.

Addressing the party’s national council meet here on Sunday,she said: “Compare the Congress’s young leaders — Rahul Gandhi,son of the late Rajiv Gandhi; Jyotiraditya Scindia,son of Madhavrao Scindia; Jatin Prasad; Sachin Pilot; Priya Dutt — with our own leaders,none of whom have used the family legacy to move up the ladder,right from L K Advani,Rajnath Singh,Venkaiah Naidu to Rajiv Pratap Rudy,Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and others.”

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi went a step ahead and claimed that “the primacy of one family posed a danger to the future of the country”. “Ek parivar ke ateet ko aage badhane ke liye jo shadayantra chal raha hai,usse Hindustan ke bhavishya ko khatra hai,” he said. He claimed that while “members of one family had ruled the country for 37 long years,” the last five years of Manmohan Singh’s rule were “power without accountability for the family”.

Drawing parallels with the US experience,he said: “Two Bush family members ruled for 12 years. Clinton ruled for eight years. The Americans were disturbed over power getting concentrated in the hands of two families. That’s why they voted for Obama. India,too,is disturbed for similar reasons.”

“We need to tell the world that we have the maximum representation of the backward class,women and young MLAs and MPs. The average age of BJP MPs,MLAs and CMs is much less than other parties’ representatives,“ he said. He also said that the Congress had no place for leaders who didn’t have the right lineage. “Does the Congress remember Sardar Patel and Netaji? We organised a massive conclave in his (Bose) memory at Haripura where he had become the Congress president,” he said. Talking about another Congress leader who didn’t come from the family,he said that “but for P V Narasimha Rao,we would have seen the continuation of socialist pattern in this age of global competition”.

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