Events that imagine opposition unity minus Congress potential stay in idiot’s paradise: Jairam Ramesh | India Information – Instances of India

KOLKATA: Senior Congress chief Jairam Ramesh on Sunday asserted that non-BJP events that imagine opposition unity with out the grand outdated celebration because the fulcrum is feasible live in a “idiot’s paradise”.
With out naming any outfit, he stated many regional events have back-stabbed the grand outdated celebration prior to now to serve their very own self-interests, and that such events ought to cease utilizing the Congress as a punching bag.
“There can’t be any opposition unity with out the Congress as its fulcrum. That’s elementary.
“If any non-BJP outfit thinks any alliance sans the Congress can present a secure authorities for 5 years, it’s residing in a idiot’s paradise. There can by no means be any opposition unity minus the Congress,” Ramesh stated in an interview with in Kolkata, the place he had come to attend a celebration programme.
Though he dubbed the Aam Aadmi Get together (AAP) because the “B-team” of the BJP, Ramesh stopped in need of analysing the function of the Trinamool Congress, which too, just like the Arvind Kejriwal-led celebration, is against the Congress, by saying, “It (TMC) has Congress in its identify.”
“We have now stated this earlier than…there may be ample proof to show that AAP is the B-team of the BJP. If you happen to have a look at its historical past or the background of its leaders, you’ll realize it. Relating to the TMC, I’m but to make my evaluation, however I feel they, too, have Congress of their identify,” he stated.
With out naming anybody, Ramesh stated those that speak of opposition unity with out the Congress solely wish to weaken the opposition entrance and the grand outdated celebration.
“In an alliance, you give one thing and obtain one thing in return. It’s an understanding. Up to now, the Congress has been providing, and everybody has benefited from it. And after getting advantages, they’ve been making an attempt to make use of the Congress as a punching bag to weaken it. This has to cease now,” he stated.
Terming the Congress the “large elephant of Indian politics”, Ramesh stated nobody ought to make the error of “writing it off”.
Talking on the continued Bharat Jodo Yatra, he stated a strengthened Congress and a extra sturdy and constructive opposition can be the top product of the march.
“We have now began the Yatra over nationwide points. The nation goes by means of a scenario the place our politics, financial system, and establishments are falling aside as a result of BJP and its divisive politics. One other motive of the Yatra is to galvanise the rank and file of the Congress forward of the 2024 Lok Sabha polls,” the previous union setting minister stated.
Ramesh stated the Yatra was not aimed toward state elections within the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls.
When informed that the Congress is talking of “Bharat Jodo” when the celebration itself is in disarray, Ramesh stated the outfit is making an attempt to repair its inner points.
“We have now to set our home so as, and we’re doing it. We have now to repair our points and are within the technique of doing it. The Congress is a 137-year-old celebration; generally, there are some essential moments in historical past while you want out-of-the-box considering to succeed in out to the lots. Bharat Jodo Yatra is one such considering and can be a sport changer,” he stated.
An almost 3,650-km-long padayatra from Kanyakumari to Kashmir is being undertaken by senior chief Rahul Gandhi since September 7. The five-and-a-half month-long march goals to galvanise Congress cadres and strengthen the organisation, inhaling new vitality.
Taking a swipe at Congress ‘G-23’ leaders, senior politicians of the celebration who had sought an organisational overhaul and elections in any respect ranges in a letter to the Congress president in August 2020, Ramesh stated that after the age of 65, senior politicos ought to act as “mentors and groom next-generation leaders”.
“Senior Congress leaders ought to act as mentors. I imagine I’m now 68 and do not have the identical vitality I used to have ten or 5 years again. After the age of 65, one ought to establish people who find themselves of their 30s and 40s and groom them for turning into next-generation leaders,” he stated.
Talking on the continued desertion of senior leaders from the celebration, Ramesh stated those that have gotten every part from the Congress are leaving the celebration.
“There are two sorts of people who find themselves leaving the Congress. The primary kind consists of those that have benefited immensely from the celebration. Ghulam Nabi Azad is an instance. He bought every part from the celebration and has now left it.
“The second kind are these leaving the Congress to flee investigative companies that are after them for his or her earlier sins. Devoted Congressmen won’t ever desert the celebration,” he stated.
When requested whether or not the concept of the Bharat Jodo Yatra to mobilise lots has been taken from the Ram Rath Yatra of the BJP within the 90s, Ramesh replied in detrimental.
“Earlier, on a number of events, the Congress and Rahul Gandhi have taken out yatras, however possibly not of this scale. And relating to BJP’s yatra, it was in response to V P Singh’s Mandal Fee. The Bharat Jodo Yatra is towards the divisive politics and insurance policies of the BJP,” he added.

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