Close on the heels of Congress leader Jairam Ramesh, a demand for analyzing the positives of Modi’s five-year rule getting louder among Congress leadership.
On Friday, Congress leader and Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, has said that "demonizing Prime Minister Narendra Modi is wrong" and that acts should be judged "issue-wise and not person-wise". It is said to be a self-voice distancing from Rahul Gandhi’s approach where he mostly tried to demonise Modi on all issues from Rafale to Farmer issues during the last Lok Sabha election campaign.
Earlier on Thursday, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh had said it was "time we recognize PM Modi's work and what he did between 2014 and 2019 due to which he was voted back to power". He also suggested that to analyse the positives of the Modi government was the need of the hour.
Tagging Jairam Ramesh, Abhishek Manu Singhvi tweeted: "Always said demonising PM Modi wrong. Not only is he the PM of the nation, a one-way opposition actually helps him. Acts are always good, bad and indifferent - they must be judged issue wise and not person-wise. Certainly, Ujjawala scheme is only one amongst other good deeds.”
The Congress has been jolted quite recently by the support within for PM Modi's radical move to end special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
Jairam Ramesh also said PM Modi spoke a language that connected him with the people. "Unless we recognise that he is doing things which people recognise and which have not been done in the past, we are not going to be able to confront this guy".
Giving a voice of caution, he also said: "Also, if you are going to demonise him all the time, you are not going to be able to confront him".
Mr Ramesh also cited what he called the success of PM Modi's pet scheme Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana to distribute gas connections to the poorest women. "In 2019, all of us in the political discourse made fun of one or two of his programmes, but it has turned out in all electoral studies that the (Ujjwala Yojana) is one single program which has been able to connect him with crores and crores of women and given him the political traction which he didn''t have in 2014," said the Rajya Sabha member from Karnataka.
"We talked about farmers distress throughout our entire campaign, people realise there was farmers' distress but they did not hold (Narendra) Modi responsible for it. You saw what happened in the elections result thereafter. We have to understand what made him respectable," Jairam Ramesh said.
These comments by two Congress leaders contrast sharply with the line taken by the Rahul Gandhi-led Congress in the national election campaign earlier this year. Rahul Gandhi, who resigned as Congress president after the party's second straight debacle, had fashioned his entire campaign around the phrase "Chowkidar Chor Hai" based on allegations of corruption in the deal signed off by PM Modi for the purchase of Rafale fighter jets. The campaign flopped and the Congress was back to the drawing board.