Rahul Gandhi should spell out policies that can guide the country out of crises facing it instead of harping on emotional issues for votes, CPI leader A B Bardhan said today.
"Rahul has been speaking about emotional issues related to his family quite often during his public speeches recently ... I can understand his mindset when he says it. It is natural that he is gripped by emotions at times and talk about it publicly. But the people are not interested in them," he told reporters here.
"When it comes to elections and the future of the country, people want to know policies and programmes through which the country could be taken out of crises ... The people would like to find out alternative policies and programmes of various political parties," Bardhan said.
The senior CPI leader also took exception to BJP's stand to consider the next general elections as a direct contest between its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and Congress Vice-president Rahul Gandhi.
The elections should instead be fought on alternative policies and programmes of the contending political parties, he said adding people are too wise to be taken for a ride by restricting the outcome of the next general elections on leadership issue alone.
Bardhan said as far as he was concerned Congress and BJP have almost identical economic policies with thrust on capitalism and liberal policies. On foreign policy too, the two parties have identical views as they follow lines of the Western countries and the United States.
The two major contenders to power, however, oppose each other only because of the changed role with one being in power and other in opposition, he said.
Bardhan is here to attend a 'Janakrosh Rally' of CPI at Gandhi Maidan here on October 25, just two days ahead of the 'Hoonkar Rally' to be held at the same venue and addressed by BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi among others.