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After Article 370, Congress faces varying views

'Acts are always good, bad and indifferent —they must be judged issue wise and not person wise,' tweeted Abhishek Singhvi (Photo: PTI)Premium
'Acts are always good, bad and indifferent —they must be judged issue wise and not person wise,' tweeted Abhishek Singhvi (Photo: PTI)

  • A few party leaders have now come out to say that ‘demonising’ Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not help the opposition’s cause
  • Shashi Tharoor said PM should be praised whenever he does the right thing to lend credence to the opposition’s criticism of the government

New Delhi: Weeks after the Congress was divided over the abrogation of Article 370 with a section of its senior leadership supporting the union government, a few party leaders have now come out to say that ‘demonising’ Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not help the opposition’s cause and, instead, one should praise him for his right decisions.

Former union minister Jairam Ramesh was the first off the block on Wednesday saying that Modi’s governance model was “not a complete negative story", and his acts must be judged issue-wise and not person-wise.

A day later, Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Shashi Tharoor, too, voiced similar thoughts. Considering that all three leaders have been key voices of the party, their views could potentially cause troubles for Congress’ political future.

“Always said demonising Modi (is) wrong. No(t) only is he PM of nation, a one way opposition actually helps him. Acts are always good, bad and indifferent —they must be judged issue wise and not person wise," Singhvi said in support of Ramesh in a post on Twitter.

He also echoed Ramesh’s view on Ujjwala scheme and said it was “only one amongst other" good deeds.

Congress Lok Sabha member Tharoor said the prime minister should be praised whenever he does the right thing to lend credence the Opposition’s criticism of the government.

“As you know, I have argued for six years now that Narendra Modi should be praised whenever he says or does the right thing, which would add credibility to our criticisms whenever he errs. I welcome others in opposition coming around to a view for which I was excoriated at the time!," Tharoor said in a reply on Twitter.

Officially, the Congress hinted at distancing itself from the comments and said that the key issue at hand was the economic crisis and unemployment.

“As far as their comments are concerned, if you need any reaction then I would like to request you to take it from them. As far as Congress is concerned, it is of the view that there is a serious economic crisis and crores of people are rendered unemployed because of this," Congress spokesperson and Lok Sabha member Manish Tewari said in a press conference on Thursday.

Speaking at a book launch in the national capital, Ramesh had said that it was time to recognize the work of the Modi government between 2014 and 2019, which helped him come back to power with the support of over “30% of the electorate".

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