Senior Congress leader and former Union minister Veerappa Moily, while assailing his party colleague Jairam Ramesh for the latter’s pro-Narendra Modi remarks, said Ramesh was among those responsible for “policy paralysis” of the Congress-led second United Progressive Alliance government, which was headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Moily made his statement days after Jairam Ramesh said“ demonizing PM Modi is wrong” and pointed out the “successes” of Modi. Ramesh had said it was futile to blame Modi all the time and it won’t always work.
Ramesh was the Union rural development minister in the UPA-2 government.
Moily also said Ramesh’s remark was in “very bad taste” and charged the latter with “compromising himself” with the BJP by makingsuch a statement.
In an interview with PTI, on Wednesday, Moily, who was the Union petroleum minister in the UPA-2 government and the chief minister of Karnataka between 1992–1994, also slammed Congress’s MP from Thiruvananthapuram and former junior Union human resource minister Shashi Tharoor for making pro-Modi remarks. Moilysaid,“He (Ramesh) is responsible for policy paralysis of our government (UPA-2) and he is also responsible for compromising the principles of governance many a time. … Praising Modi for right things would lend to the credibility of the opposition party.”
He added, “Any leader who would like to give such statements ... I think, they’re not doing their service to Congress party or its leadership.”
Last week, Ramesh and Abhishek Manu Singhvi, who is another senior member of the Congress, had said demonizing the prime minister all the time will not help the opposition and may backfire.