Former External Affairs minister S M Krishna on Wednesday dismissed the Modi wave as a creation of vested interests stating that it is nothing but a fantasy.
He told reporters here that the Congress would prove wrong all pre-poll predictions and opinion polls. “When the counting of votes is over on May 16, you people (media) will express regret.” Stating that adverse media predictions are not new to the Congress, he said: “We are used to it.”
He admitted that after being in power continuously for 10 years, any government would face anti-incumbency. Party leaders have taken necessary measures to tackle it, he added.
On corruption and scams that rocked the UPA government, he said the party has not swept such things under the carpet. The party got the the ministers concerned to resign and ordered an inquiry against them. “We are apologetic about the scams, but we have taken action. Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh believe in transparency,” he said.
He said the Gujarat government had done grave injustice to farmers by forcibly acquiring their land and handing it over to industrialists at throwaway prices.
Because of such developments, the UPA government had to bring the new Land Acquisition Bill to protect the interests of farmers, he said. Krishna defended the party’s decision to field former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan and former Railway minister P K Bansal, saying both are only facing charges and no court had convicted them.
Even a murderer will not be hanged unless he faces a trial. As for BJP leaders in the state, they were sent to jail by courts, he said.
On Samaja Parivarthan Samudaya chief S P Hiremath describing Krishna as a ‘sophisticated criminal,’ he said: “Hiremath is a big man and is running an organisation. I do not want to react to his comments.”
Citing Modi’s attempt to sideline senior BJP leaders, he said it is unfortunate that leaders like L K Advani, Sushma Swaraj, Jaswant Singh and others were relegated to the background. “This shows that there is a dictatorship in the BJP. God forbid, if they come to power, I wonder what will happen to democracy,” he said.
On AAP, he said the new party has brought fresh air into the arena, but due to their inexperience, they lasted in Delhi for just 49 days. “This has disappointed me,” he said.
On veteran Congress leader C K Jaffer Sharief, who had raised a banner of revolt upon denial of party ticket, he said Congress has a history of top leaders like Acharya Kripalani, Narendra Dev and Jaiprakash Narayan deserting the party. Still the organisation survives, thanks to its resilence.