Rahul says 'no negative politics', so is BJP's Rajnath

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Rahul Gandhi and Rajnath Singh
New Delhi, Jan 25: Major political parties, especially the leaders of the Congress and the BJP are moving away from negative politics and this may see positive politics, missing so badly in the Indian public life.

What Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has achieved till now is not that spectacular but he may have put in the seeds of change in the political discourse in India.

While assuming office of vice-president of the party on Wednesday (Jan 23), Rahul said that the political environment was "extremely acrimonious" and regretted such a thing.

While making a significant statement, he said, "we are always fighting with each other. Often, I feel for small reasons... I don't want to get into negative politics. I don't want to be critical of everybody. I want to get into positive politics because that is what is going to take this country forward. Negative politics is not going to take this country forward."

It was a brief account of intentions of a man who could be leading the Congress in general elections next year and also become the prime minister of the country.

And this theme of moving away from negative politics was picked up by newly elected president of the BJP, Rajnath Singh.

Speaking to a media house, pragmatic and sensible Rajnath Singh said today that "we do not want bad relations with the ruling party and we do not want to stall parliament."

For the last few session, the proceedings of Parliament have been disturbed in the process wasting crores of tax-payers money.

Rajnath said, "we want to take up the statement of the home minister." He was referring to the Hindu terror remark of Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, which has angered the BJP, forcing it to take to the streets. More importantly, he said, "I shun politics which shreds the communal fabric of the country."

"Stay away from greed for money. Avoid financial malpractices," was the emphatic message of the BJP president to the party members. He also promised that the BJP will not give party posts or election ticket to anyone against whom charges of corruption are substantiated.

These assurances are a welcome change and seems to have created an atmosphere away from the negative politics.

Both Rahul and Rajnath will be reshuffling their teams and the hope of the common Indians is that they bring in people with a positive bent of purpose and change the way political discourse is conducted in this country.

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