Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader LK Advani said on Wednesday that he felt vindicated by Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar's recent comment that the electoral defeat of the Congress in four out of five states, was due to weak leadership.
"I was criticised when I talked of weak leadership. Now,Pawarji is saying the same thing," said Advani.
He was referring to Pawar's statement two days ago, wherein he had squarely blamed the weak Congress leadership for the assembly poll debacle in the four states of Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.
“People “do not want weak rulers, but strong, decisive and result-oriented leaders like late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and the youth have vented their anger through the ballot,” Pawar had said then.
He also said that in the immediate future, the Congress needs to seriously introspect on its political shortcomings, and in the macro context, there was a need for the ruling UPA to do the same.
The policies of the government and the major political parties needed to focus on ways implement programmes for the poor with firmness, Pawar had said in a statement.
He described the latest poll debacle as a “big lesson” for all.
He also warned that there were “pseudo activists” who have no connect with ground reality, who are trying to represent the people’s feelings.
“Such is the clout of these free advisors, that people from the media as well as the government fall prey to them and start believing that the opinions of these advisors is that of the people. We need to think about this too,” Pawar had said.
National capital Delhi is a city of contradictions, and therefore, which ever party assumed charge, would have to manage it carefully.
Delhi, he said, is a “pampered” city.
“I would like to see AAP bring down the prices of onions, vegetables and electricity. Only then, will the public know the truth about their campaign because the states really have no control over these prices,” Pawar had said.