Failed to defend ourselves forcefully on 2G and coal scams, Congress minister admits
Minorities minister K Rehman Khan said Tuesday that the party lost momentum when 2G and coal block allocation scams came to light. Instead of pointing out that CAG reports are “mere opinions and not indictment”, the party went on the defensive and let the opposition steal public and media space.
“There has been no corruption in either of the two (scams), it is a policy matter and CAG made loss estimates based on some presumptions. But we failed to make the point forcefully during the campaign, and even before. We could not make the point because we were not allowed to make a statement in Parliament to clarify the government’s position… It was a pressure tactic and we succumbed to it,” Khan told The Indian Express.
Khan has also been critical of the delay in passing the Communal Violence Bill. He is a vocal advocate on quota for minorities, both of which are widely believed to have caused disgruntlement among minorities who have traditionally voted for Congress.
On the exit poll figures, Khan said he was hopeful of the Congress getting 110-120 seats but there is no getting away from the fact that the party failed to take on the rival camp on corruption and also on Modi’s Gujarat model. “BJP and Narendra Modi went to these polls on the development plank and they said Gujarat model is the way to go. We did not do enough to puncture that balloon.”
“There are many people in the party who, like me, feel we could have fought a better battle,” he said.