On a day when former prime minister Manmohan Singh came down heavily upon the government for the economic slowdown, senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid said that finding something good Prime Minister Narendra Modi has done would be like looking for a needle in a haystack.
“From my point of view, it would be (like) looking for a needle in a haystack to find something good that he (Modi) has done,” Khurshid told PTI in an interview. He added that Congress has “very serious concerns” about how the country is being run.
The remark comes days after party leader Jairam Ramesh said that Modi’s governance model is not a “complete negative story” and not recognising his work and demonising him all the time is not going to help. His statement received backing by senior Congress leaders Shashi Tharoor and Abhishek Manu Singhvi saying the prime minister should be praised for doing the right things.
Responding to question on Congress leaders contradicting his views, Khurshid said, “He (Ramesh) has said what he had to say. Each one of us articulates things in a manner which is suitable (to oneself). As I said, for me saying something nice about Modi would be like looking for a needle in a haystack.”
Meanwhile talking about the leadership change at the top within the grand old party, Khurshid said, “I hope that there is a change of mind because the (party) people, although they were very eager that Rahul (Gandhi) continue as the president, are now absolutely convinced that she (Sonia Gandhi) must stay for the near future. It is still a little bit of an imponderable, what will happen, we will have to wait and watch.”
He said the general feeling in the party was that she needs to stay on as party chief. “But this is a matter in which you cannot express very strong feelings being part of the top echelons of the party because ultimately we must not appear like we are forcing our opinion on our leaders,” the senior Congress leader said.
Earlier in the day, the former prime minister in a statement, said, “The state of the economy today is deeply worrying. The last quarter’s GDP growth rate of 5% signals that we are in the midst of a prolonged slowdown. India has the potential to grow at a much faster rate but all-round mismanagement by the Modi government has resulted in this slowdown.”