Speaking in an event to launch a book by Rajdeep Sardesai, Senior Congress leader and Gandhi family’s close aide Jairam Ramesh yesterday glorified the caste politics accompanying Haryana elections result as caste politics at its “majestic” best.
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When controversial journalist Rajdeep Sardesai asked the Congress leader the reason behind the sudden spring in the step of the opposition following the formation of government in Maharashtra, Ramesh responded that the growing anxiety among the people regarding the economic slowdown in the country and disenchantment among them were the reasons why the opposition parties came together to put up an anti-BJP front.
“I think Rajdeep you should plan another book-How Modi is losing India in 2019. In the last 6 months, triggered by the growing realisation that we are in the midst of an unprecedented economic crisis has provided people with an opportunity to express their discontent against the ruling regime. In our obsession and fascination for Maharashtra, let’s not forget Haryana elections result. The Haryana election results in many ways was a caste politics at its majestic best,” Ramesh said.
However, Sardesai gave short shrift to the argument tendered by Jairam Ramesh claiming that the economic gloom doesn’t seem to be the primary cause behind the galvanisation of the opposition parties. Ramesh then asserted that the singular reason behind three disparate parties coming together in Maharashtra is the common enemy-BJP. “The old Chanakya maxim-‘The enemy’s enemy is my friend’ has played out in Maharashtra,” Ramesh said. In effect, Ramesh unapologetically admitted to compromising its party’s stand on various issues as long as their nemesis-BJP can be defeated.
Ramesh’s utterances also reveal that the Congress party which claims to be the sole custodian of Secularism in India and routinely accuses the BJP of indulging in divisive politics has no qualms in exalting the caste politics bedeviling the Indian polity.
During the interaction, Jairam Ramesh also said that Congress had played a major role in the creation of Shiv Sena.
In the recently concluded Haryana assembly election, the tally of BJP came down to 40 from earlier 47, which was short of majority mark. But the party was able to form a government with the support of Jannayak Janta Party with 10 MLAs and 7 independent MLAs.