Criticism Of Congress Leadership Helps BJP: New Recruit Kanhaiya Kumar


Kanhaiya Kumar said Rahul Gandhi had supported the JNU students’ movement.

New Delhi:

Former student leader Kanhaiya Kumar, who joined the Congress this week, on Friday stood firmly in defence of his new party’s leadership that has faced searing criticism from within in the wake of a series of crises in states that it governs and an exodus of prominent leaders.

“Criticism of the Congress leadership helps the BJP… Everybody understands that when the country’s biggest opposition party is Congress, the more successful Congress will be, the bigger the defeat BJP will face,” he told NDTV in an interview.

“Congress party, particularly Rahul Gandhi, took a firm stand during the JNU protests, it always had the potential… Like many other youngsters, I feel that it is getting late. The party which has the legacy of gaining freedom for the country, to save freedom that party must be the strongest,” Mr Kumar said.

“Many youngsters like me today think that… he (Rahul Gandhi) is sincere, there is a sincerity in his fight. He is a fearless leader who wants truth to prevail,” he said.

Calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah a “Nathuram-banai jodi” in reference to Nathuram Godse, the assassin of Mahatma Gandhi and a hero for many right-wing groups affiliated to the BJP, Mr Kumar said the party’s ideology was openly against the father of the nation.

“The BJP is calling me ‘Tukde-Tukde gang.’ I am ‘Tukde-Tukde’ for the BJP, and I will do ‘Tukde-Tukde’ of BJP,” he said.

Responding to charges of widespread corruption during earlier Congress tenures, he said, “Those who were called corrupt here (while in Congress), have been laundered clean with Nirma Super Power once they joined BJP.”

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