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Why does BJP always categorically attack only the Gandhi family?
Most of the BJP leaders are always bad mouthing Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi in the most un-gentlemanly manner. It hurts ones ears to hear the kind of language senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj uses when talking about Sonia Gandhi.

Is BJP Really Against Political Dynasties?

A cursory examination of facts will illustrate that BJP is not seriously against political dynasties. Delhi BJP leader Harsh Vardhan says that AAP has no right to talk about corruption becauase its government is supported by corrupt Congress. By the same token, BJP should not talk about dynastic politics because it is supported by the Akali political dynasty of Badals and the Shiv Sena political Dynasty of Thakres.

It supported the political dynasty of Chauthalas of Haryana. Its own Rajasthan Chief Minister is a member of the political dynasty of Scindhia-Raje. BJP’s ex Karnataka Chief Minister who is returning to the party has also started the Yedurappa dynasty. It will thus be clear that BJP is not really against political dynasties but only against the Gandhi family.

The Truth about the Gandhi Dynasty

The fact is that from the time Rajeev Gandhi was assassinated in May 1991 to the beginning of 2004, there was no one from the Gandhi family to lead the Congress. Sonia Gandhi simply refused to have anything to do with politics. During this period of 13 years Congress somehow clung to power for 5 years under Narsimha Rao and remained out of power from 1996 to 2004.

The Congress, desperate to regain power after 8 years in opposition, persuaded Mrs. Sonia Gandhi to lead its campaign for the 2004 elections. Her “Aam Admi” Campaign defeated the “India Shining” campaign of BJP and the rest is history. Unlike Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi or Rahul Gandhi have not claimed that they have done great things. They have never claimed that they own the Congress brand.

It is the Congress party that has made Mrs. Gandhi the Chairperson of the Party because they know that without her arbitration in Party disputes, Congressmen will be at each other’s throat and Party will disintegrate into oblivion in no time. Everyone knows that Rahul Gandhi is a reluctant pretender to the PM’s chair.

He is being forced to lead the Party into 2014 elections because the Congress does not have any other unanimous choice. If he were to pull out, there would be at least a dozen PM aspirants, desperately fighting and pulling each other down. The Congress Party need the Gandhis more than the Gandhis need the Congress.

Mrs. Gandhi and her National Advisory Council have spearheaded many laudable laws like the Right to Forest Produce Act, the Right to Information Act, the Right to Education Act, the MGNERAGA Scheme, the Food Security Act, Land Acquisition Act and so on. But the implementation of these excellent laws has left much to be desired.

Like her husband, Mrs. Gandhi has been unable to control the corrupt, self seeking old guards that acts as the executive wing of the Party and are responsible for running the government and the implementation of laws and policies. The Congress is paying the price.


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