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‘Congress should not have formed govt’

Facing one of the most difficult elections ahead, a senior Congress leader has now raised questions over whether it was prudent for the party to have headed the UPA II government after the 2009 polls. Though he admitted that alliances are a compulsion, he felt that the Congress should have sat in the Opposition after […]

New Delhi | Published: February 3, 2014 12:59:37 am

Facing one of the most difficult elections ahead, a senior Congress leader has now raised questions over whether it was prudent for the party to have headed the UPA II government after the 2009 polls.

Though he admitted that alliances are a compulsion, he felt that the Congress should have sat in the Opposition after the last general elections so that it could be in a position to form a government on its own after the coming polls.

“It would have been better that in 2009 after getting more support from the people than in 2004, the Congress should have called it quits so that someone else could have formed the government. Congress could have played the role of a healthy opposition,” Congress general secretary Janardan Dwivedi said in an interview.

He prefaced his remarks by saying that in the 2009 polls the Congress had sought the mandate of the people for a party government and not for UPA II, which it did not get though its tally of seats saw a sharp rise.

He lamented that instead of developing “natural leadership”, emphasis was being laid on promoting “technical leadership”.
Citing the rise of regional party leaders in the past two-three decades, he insisted “they were not educated abroad or spoke fluent English. They were not even experts of new technology but still they got the support of people.

“Their only limitation was that they lacked a national perspective. But they did have the power to damage the major parties having the national outlook”.

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