Congress president Rahul Gandhi today credited his party’s success in three crucial Hindi states to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said it was attitude of Modi, he learned a lot in public life, particularly `what not to do’.
He claimed that it was Prime Minister Modi, who taught him “what not to do” and he also “learnt a lot” from the massive defeat in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Referring to Congress’s resurgence in the Hindi heartland states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradlesh and Chhattisgarh, he said, , “I was speaking to my mother yesterday and I was telling her that the absolute best thing for me was the 2014 election. I’ve learnt a lot from that election.”
He deplored that the prime minister got a massive mandate but refused to listen to “heartbeat of the country”. Confident Rahul Gandhi, who was still branded as a face of `defeat’, under which leadership always Congress witnessing defeats in one after another state, now said “We have defeated them now and we will defeat them in 2019,” he said.
“This is a great country and the most important thing in this country is what the people feel,” he said. As a politician one has to listen to what the people feel and also connect with what they feel. “Frankly, Mr Narendra Modi taught me the lesson — what not to do,” Gandhi added.
He said, “Five years ago, he (Modi) was handed a massive opportunity to transform this country. The sad thing is that he refused to listen to the heartbeat of the country.” Modi refused to hear what the youngsters and farmers were saying, he alleged.
“Certain amount of arrogance came in. I think that is fatal for a politician. That is something I learnt from how he has acted. For me the best teachers are the people of this country,” Gandhi asserted, adding that he has had a “nice journey” since 2014.