Vivid News 24: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi visited Sadaiv Atal, the memorial of late former prime minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) stalwart Atal Bihari Vajpayee, during the Delhi leg of his India tour on Monday morning. Add Travel.
Within the party, opinions on the brief visit to the late PM’s grave were divided; some were against it, while others welcomed it for being loyal to Rahul’s plan for the Bharat Jodo Yatra. According to a political analyst, The Print spoke with, the visit won’t have much of an impact. The BJP rejected it as a mere photo opportunity.
To emphasize his message of peace and unity, Rahul visited the memorials of other significant leaders, such as Mahatma Gandhi, former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, and family members Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, and Rajiv Gandhi. This helped to distinguish Congress from the BJP, a party that is only known for honoring its leaders.
Rahul Gandhi wants to convey by his gesture that he is uniting India beyond insignificant political benefits, according to Sanjay Kumar, co-director of Lokniti at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) in New Delhi.
He wants to make the point that the government and PM Modi are only honoring their leaders. The PM (Modi) has not been to the tombs of Nehru or Indira (Gandhi). It reveals the partisan politics of (Modi). Gandhi is meeting all political leaders and eschewed short-term political benefits.
Rahul has previously used Vajpayee to criticize the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. On June 12, 2018, Rahul made fun of Prime Minister Modi for “humiliating” BJP veterans Vajpayee, L.K. Advani, and Jaswant Singh and criticized him for neglecting to pay a visit to Vajpayee while he was a patient at the AIIMS hospital.
“Eklavya sliced off his right thumb since his guru ordered it,” he had posted. They killed their gurus in the BJP. The Prime Minister’s method of defending Indian culture is to defame Vajpayee ji, Advani ji, Jaswant Singh ji, and their families.
The Congress party campaigned against the Vajpayee government, but when he was ill, it was us who first visited him, he added, speaking to a rally of Congress workers in Mumbai the following day. This is the Congress party’s guiding philosophy. We appreciate those who oppose us.
On August 16, 2018, Vajpayee passed away. Rahul merits commendation, according to former Congress leader Ashwini Kumar. Politics did not previously involve animosity. Even I spoke highly of Atal ji’s great heart, statesmanship, and good human touch. It is admirable that he is paying visits to all of the national figures who have shaped the country. It’s a fresh start for the politics of peace and love. Hateful politics must end.
The BJP thinks Rahul Gandhi should view this as a chance to learn from Atal Bihari Vajpayee rather than merely a publicity stunt. K.K. Sharma, a BJP spokesperson, told The Print that it is excellent that Rahul is visiting Vajpayee ji’s grave. The Congress has put forth a lot of effort toward “Bharat Jodo” before Bharat Jodo (break India).
They have also allied themselves with the tukde-tukde gang. Rahul is going to the Samadhi to atone for past transgressions the Congress party made. But he had to keep in mind that Atal Ji was once a Swayamsevak. Rahul Gandhi ought to take a cue from Atal ji’s “rashtradharm” (religion of nation building) philosophy and stop using this as a platform for a photo op.