Congress needs to stop with the Modi-bashing attitude

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Senior Congress leader Gurudas Kamat, during Congress's two-day Chintan Shivir on Sunday said if Prime Minister Narendra Modi fails to improve his ‘behaviour, nature and the style of functioning', people will have to suffer. This shows that Congress is clueless to its future course of action following the debacle in the Lok Sabha poll and instead taking pot shots at the mere 30-day Government.

"If he (Modi) does not improve his behaviour, nature, and style of functioning, people will have to suffer," said Kamat, who is the incharge of Congress in Gujarat.

Congress leaders instead of pondering over the cause of its drubbing in the Lok Sabha and discovering on ways to improve party's tarnished image were seen criticising the new dispensation.

It is the duty of Congress president Sonia Gandhi to quell such practice by its leaders and work on plans to restructure it. Sonia must ask the party leaders to overhaul party's image from grass root level instead of badmouthing Modi and his Government.

Congress's back biting is leading the party nowhere

No end to Congress's woes:

There is no dearth to Congress's woes which is facing challenges of curbing internal rift amongst senior party leaders who every now and then are seen contradicting each other. Rifts between several senior leaders in the grand old party of India have regularly come out in the open, which hampered party's fortunes. The infighting within the Congress came out wide in open when senior leaders like AK Antony signaled its minority appeasement politics hurt it.

The second biggest threat that Congress is facing is growing disenchantment of a faction against its vice president Rahul Gandhi. Rahul, who has been party's face since 2009 general election, has failed to make any impact over voters, especially youth. Rahul despite being projected as young and dynamic leader failed to impress the first time voters, who instead showed their confidence in 64-year-old Narendra Modi. Leaders in the party are blaming the Gandhi scion for lacking leadership skills and his poor planning behind its biggest ever poll rout. Even Rahul's most trusted lieutenant Digvijay Singh recently questioned the former's governing ability saying he lacks ruling temperament.

Adding fuel to the fire is the ever increasing demand for handing over party's cords in Rahul's sister Priyanka Vadra's hands. Some consider Priyanka a better leader as she reminds them of former PM Indira Gandhi. It is high time for Sonia Gandhi to take a tough stand in this direction to set things straight in the party.

Need to move over with Modi bashing:

Congress leaders must understand that criticising Modi and his behaviour or nature at such an early stage would do them no good. Kamath had criticised Modi for his style of governance but he forgot that Modi has earned brownie points from all quarters over the same. Whether it was inviting SAARC leaders to his oath taking ceremony, setting up SIT on black money issue, dissolving GoMs/eGoMs or hiking rail fares, Modi has been taking bold steps from day one. Market gurus, political analysts and even bureaucrats have welcomed the decisions taken by the new Prime Minister with open hands as all such tough moves were need of the hour. With his attitude of working 16-18 hours a day, Modi has set a precedent for Ministers as well as bureaucrats to stay till late in office.

It is high time for the Congress leadership to brain storm in the direction of improving its credibility and redeem its lost glory. This back biting is not taking the party anywhere.

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