Claiming that “lies sell well” in this country, chairman of the National Innovation Council and adviser to the PM on public information, infrastructure and innovations, Sam Pitroda has said the 2014 Lok Sabha election is also based on lies, with issues like corruption being “blown out of proportion”.
“May 16 will tell us what people think. Lies sell well in India and in this election, like in 1989, lies have been sold well. In 1989, it was ‘Gali gali mein shor hai, Rajiv Gandhi chor hai’. There was no shor in galis and Rajiv was not a chor but he lost the election… This time also corruption is blown out of proportion and lack of performance is not true,” Pitroda told The Indian Express.
Pitroda, known to be close to the Gandhi family, said joining the government as a minister would have helped Rahul Gandhi. “I believe it would have helped him gain some experience with the functioning of the government and the people. However, he must have felt it would be perceived by many as interfering with the PM,” he said.
Pitroda, however, praised Rahul’s leadership of the Congress, particularly “at a time when the party needs to reinvent”. He also admitted the Congress was unable to communicate the UPA’s “achievements” effectively.