As AICC tries to defend Rahul’s North-South comment, Congress leaders air concern

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After BJP stated Rahul Gandhi’s assertion in Kerala amounted to “insulting north India”, AICC tried harm management by claiming that his remarks had solely disapproved of BJP’s model of politics whereas he emphasised on the necessity for issue-based politics and governance. But voices of disapproval began throughout the Congress management too, with senior leaders Anand Sharma and Kapila Sibal, who’re additionally among the many change seekers, registering their reservations. Many Congress leaders of the north, particularly from poll-bound UP and Uttarakhand, too appeared involved.

“For the first 15 years, I was an MP in the north. I was used to a different type of politics. Coming to Kerala was very refreshing, as suddenly I found that people are interested in issues, and not superficially, but by going into details,” Gandhi had stated in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday.

While steering clear on specifics of what Gandhi explicitly stated, AICC spokesperson Randeep Surjewala on Wednesday tried to defend it by giving an interpretation of what he thought Gandhi meant by his remarks. Gandhi “has given a clarion call to the people to question” the federal government of the day, whether or not within the states or on the Centre, on points paramount to folks and to “ignore the superficial toolkit story being offered by BJP day in and day trip,” Surjewala stated.

“The north-south divide is a toolkit being adopted and sold by BJP to the news channels and the public. Let us all rise and ensure that the governments of the day answer on issues and not on superficiality that they want to divert our attention to,” he stated.

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