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Mudda discusses Congress president’s recent statement on his candidature for PM post

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has recently declared his readiness to be the party’s prime ministerial candidate for the 2019 general elections. His statement is being discussed at several levels while Karnataka election campaign has reached its climax.

Gandhi’s statement has come under severe scrutiny. Bharatiya Janata Party leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah, have been criticising his party over dynasty politics.

APN chose the issue to be discussed in its landmark show Mudda on Wednesday afternoon. The participant in the debate were Onkarnath Singh, spokesperson of Congress party, AshokThakur, spokesperson of BJP, Kulsoom Mustafa, a journalist and political commentator, Shehzad Poonawala, former Congress activist and Govind Pant Raju, consulting editor of APN. Anant Tyagi anchored the show.

Ashok Thakur, the spokesman for BJP, said that Congress should forget of forming its government in near future. He said that BJP will not only form the government in 2019 but it will also form government in 2024. He further elaborated that Congress is being zipped into a regional party. Instead of realising the ground reality, its leaders are staking claim for the post of prime minister of the country. It is an insult to the UPA alliance partners, he asserted.

Thakur also claimed that Gandhi’s stature is being reduced as people have been witnessing childish statements from the Congress president.

Meanwhile, Onkar Singh, the spokesman for Congress party, said that Gandhi, while responding to a question in a press conference, did not say right away that he would become prime minister. Instead, he said that if his party get majority in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections and people chose him as their leader, then he will become prime minister of the country. He said that it was in response to a question and he responded with a presumed scenario.

Shehzad Poonawala, former Congress activist, said that Gandhi considered himself to be a dynastic ruler. He said that political ego is more dangerous than overconfidence. He said that in the present scenario when elections are expected to be contested between Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi, Rahul will lose the political battle. He challenged the Congress spokesperson and asked him to count five qualities carried by Rahul Gandhi as a candidate for becoming the PM.

Kulsoom Mustafa, a political commentator and journalist, said that a political leader at the national level should think several times before delivering any statement. Elections are won on the basis of the popularity of the leader, she said.

—Compiled by MA Kazmi

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