New Delhi: On Monday, the Rashtriya Janata Dal asked Congress Leader Rahul Gandhi to take a look at recent history of elections and election performance of regional parties. They are giving tough competition to BJP. The RJD took a swipe at him for his critical comments aimed at them. They said Rahul Gandhi’s claims were “bizarre” and not in sync with his own party’s stand.
RJD Spokesperson Manoj Kumar Jha said that in the fight against BJP, regional parties are strong in a majority of Lok Sabha seats. Congress should settle as ‘co-travelers,’ and let them be on ‘driving seat,’ in over 320 of the 543 parliamentary constituencies. The same point has been made by RJD Leader Tejashwi Yadav as well, he noted.
Addressing at ‘Chintan Shivir’ in Udaipur, Rahul Gandhi had claimed that regional parties cannot fight the BJP-RSS as they lack ideology. The Congress can fight with it.
“I find it a little bizarre and out of sync,” Rajya Sabha MP Jha told PTI.
He referred to the Congress declaration at the camp to take a swipe at him. He said that Rahul Gandhi will revise his statement after taking a look at the data. Such statements have no traction with history, he said.
The declaration said ‘Congress was committed to establishing a dialogue with all like-minded parties to protect the spirit of nationalism and democracy and would keep open avenues for forging alliances according to political circumstances.’
Jha said that it was the RJD which was at the receiving end of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s attack during elections. This happened only because it was at the nucleus of the electoral and ideological fight against the BJP.
From RJD president Lalu Prasad Yadav to Tejashwi Yadav, hundreds of RJD leaders and workers have suffered due to the party’s ideological commitment in the fight against the BJP, he claimed.
Lalu Prasad Yadav supported Congress President Sonia Gandhi too, when her own party leaders didn’t supported her. He said so, in an apparent reference to many then Congress leaders questioning her leadership over her foreign origins and forming the NCP in 1999.