Senior Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi
Senior Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi on Friday backed party leader Jairam Ramesh's remarks on PM Narendra Modi, saying always demonising the prime minister was ‘wrong’. This came after Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said PM Modi’s governance model is not a “complete negative story” and not recognizing his work and demonizing him all the time is not going to help.
Singhvi in a tweeted wrote, "Always said demonising Modi wrong. Not only is he PM of nation, a one way opposition actually helps him (sic)."
Ramesh had said, “It is time we recognize Modi’s work and what he did between 2014 and 2019 due to which he was voted back to power by over “30 per cent of the electorate.”
Ramesh made the remarks while launching a book, “Malevolent Republic: A Short History of the New India” written by Kapil Satish Komireddi, a political analyst. “He (Modi) talks in a language that connects him with the people. Unless we recognize that he is doing things which people recognise and which have not been done in the past, we are not going to be able to confront this guy,” said the Congress leader.
“Also, if you are going to demonize him all the time, you are not going to be able to confront him,” warned the former Union minister, who held portfolios of Rural Development, and Drinking Water and Sanitation ministries in the Manmohan Singh government.
Ramesh sought to clarify that he is not asking anyone to praise or applaud the prime minister, but only wants the political class to at least recognise the traits he has brought to the governance—particularly the “economics of governance”.
“Let me tell you it is not a completely negative story when it comes to economics of the governance, the politics of the governance is completely different,” said the noted economist, adding “the social relations that have been created out of his governance model is also completely different”.