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Don't demonise PM Modi, say senior Congress leaders

August 25, 2019

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor is the latest in the party's senior leadership to came out in support of party colleague Jairam Ramesh in saying that "demonising" Prime Minister Narendra Modi was "wrong". He said that the PM should be given credit when due for doing the right things.

Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi has also supported Ramesh. Tharoor said praising the Prime Minister for doing the right things would lend credibility to the opposition's criticism of him.

Always said demonising Modi wrong. No only is he PM of nation, a one way opposition actually helps him. Acts are always good, bad & indifferent - they must be judged issue wise and nt person wise. Certainly, Ujjawala scheme is only one amongst other good deeds. - Abhishek Manu Singhvi

Tharoor agreed and said, "As you know, I have argued for six years now that Narendra Modi should be praised whenever he says or does the right thing, which would add credibility to our criticisms whenever he errs. I welcome others in opposition coming around to a view for which I was excoriated at the time". Asked at a media briefing about these comments, Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari chose to avoid the question, saying it should be asked of these leaders.

"As the comments made by various people, whom you have referred to, are concerned, they are in the best position to clarify or amplify or retract or subtract their remarks, said Tewari. "As far as the Congress party is concerned, we believe that there is a serious economic crisis in the country. The crisis is impacting the employment situation and we are extremely concerned and worried about it".

At a book launch, former Union Minister Jairam Ramesh had said PM Modi's governance model was "not a complete negative story" and added that not recognising his work and "demonising" him all the time was not going to help. "Also, if you are going to demonise him all the time, you are not going to be able to confront him," he warned. He also said that his idea was not to ask people to applaud the PM but to acknowledge good governance when due.

"It is time we recognise Modi's work and what he did between 2014 and 2019 due to which he was voted back to power by over 30%of the electorate".

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