There are umpteen number of indications from the Congress party of late that anything that deals with pro-Modi or pro-BJP will be sternly dealt with… Congress is in a competitive race to react to every statement on and by Modi…
Is Congress over reacting to the Narendra Modi factor or has the ratings agency Goldman Sachs breached its professional protocol by commenting on the possible political scenario in the country in its equity report to investors? There is no doubt that the ratings agency tickled a jittery Congress on its weakest spot with Union Commerce Minister Anand Sharma blasting off Goldman Sachs because the report “exposes its eagerness to mess around with India’s domestic politics”.
Criticising the Minister for his angry remarks, BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi, who was part of a panel discussion on CNN-IBN recently said, “The Commerce Minister should think first as an Indian and then as a Minister and not as a Congressman. All Union Ministers like (Manish) Tewari, (Kapil) Sibal are doing the same thing by behaving like Congress spokespersons. Congress is running the Government with a fascists mindset like the Nazis.”
There are umpteen number of indications from the Congress party of late that anything that deals with pro-Modi or pro-BJP will be sternly dealt with. Vinod Mehta, editorial chairman of Outlook Group, feels that the Congress is needlessly getting nervous and giving unnecessary importance to the Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. “Congress is over rating Modi now whereas they underestimated him three months back. They are getting too aggressive and need to cool down,” Mehta said. “They should tackle Modi based upon facts. Not whatever he says is true and correct as we had seen in his reference to the Nalanda episode. Sharma’s reaction to the Goldman Sachs report was unwarranted for. After all, politics and economy cannot be separated. What Goldman Sachs said was their view on the political mood of the country and they have not asked anyone to vote either for the BJP or Congress,” he said.
Author and senior journalist Shankar Aiyar also shared Mehta’s viewpoints.
“The Congress has upgraded the Goldman Sachs report. It was a mere equity report to investors. Congress is in a competitive race to react to every statement on and by Modi,” Aiyar said.
This is what Goldman Sachs said in its report to equity investors: “Equity investors tend to view the BJP as business-friendly, and the BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi as an agent of change. Current polls show Modi and the BJP as faring well in the five upcoming State elections, which are considered lead indicators for the general election next year.” The observation by Goldman Sachs was considered politically blasphemous by the Congress party.
“Ratings agency cannot dictate the people of India on political matters. I agree with Anand Sharma on his view on Goldman Sachs. They must limit their job to advising their investors and not intervene in political matters,” said Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala. Surjewala even took on the BJP, particularly on Modi, for failing to conduct dignified political discourse.
“It is really preposterous to link the Nitish Kumar Government with the Patna blasts as if the JD(U) Government was colluding with a terror outfit to blow up Modi. Why is the BJP suggesting that parties like the Congress, Samajwadi Party or the Bahujan Samaj Party will use a terror outfit like Indian Mujahideen for political gains? There should be a politics of balance,” the Congress spokesperson said.
Not bogged down by the Congress logic, Lekhi immediately responded by raking in the Rahul Gandhi‘s comments on the Muzaffarnagar riots. “Rahul Gandhi should not talk about divisive politics. Why was he talking about the ISI-Muslim collusion in the recent riots? The Congress is lowering the dignity of political discourse,” she said.