Vastavam web: The Congress can never die and the country needs it, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot asserted on Friday and said the party will again reach out to people to ascertain the reasons for its drubbing in the Lok Sabha polls. The senior Congress leader said the BJP played on emotions and sentiments of the people and never fought on real issues.
During the election campaign, the people never got to know the BJP’s vision for the country and stand on issues such as unemployment, farm distress and economy, he said. The Rajasthan chief minister said the people’s mandate in a democracy is important and his party accepts it with humility, but expressed his anguish at the manner in which the BJP rode to victory banking on religion, caste and nationalism instead of relying on issues of the people.
“The BJP did politics only on religion, caste, nationalism and the bravery of soldiers. Rahul Gandhi did a lot to try and make the campaign issue-based. But, no vision for future was given and no achievements were listed and the BJP won over people by speaking lies. People got swayed and voted for them,” he said.
Gehlot, in whose state the Congress got wiped out and his son lost in Jodhpur, recalled the time when former prime minister Indira Gandhi lost in 1977 but steered the party back to victory three years later.
“The Congress is in the same position as it was when Indira Gandhi had lost. But, she won back the mandate of people and the party ruled for over 25 years. While victory and defeat are part of democracy, but we would want that in the future the campaign should not go the way it has gone in this election,” he said.
The senior Congress leader said “sabka saath, sabka vikas” means something else for the BJP, but for the Congress its true meaning is that people of all religions, castes, creed and groups should be united and their progress should be ensured. He said party chief Rahul Gandhi has said that it is a fight for ideology and there is no personal animosity with the BJP.