CAA derailed Congress's plan to hit the government in growth

NEW DELHI: As the debate on NPR -NRC-CAA continues to stir political waters, we regret in Congress that the emotional and divisive issue has shaded the strategy considered by party leaders to focus on the economic crisis. dock.

The main congress official and the former prime minister recorded the regret by saying that the citizenship debate has forced the party to play on the BJP playing field.

“The massive Rally in Delhi managed to focus on economic issues, inflation and unemployment that have acquired critical proportions under the BJP rule. Unfortunately, later developments (CAA, etc.) occurred so fast that they created an atmosphere. And it ended what we started with the concentration of Delhi, ”Rawat told TOI in an interview.

Referring to divisive issues as the territory of BJP, Rawat turned to the cricket analogy to say that Congress has always felt comfortable fighting with our tone of peace, harmony and development.

Extending the analogy, he said: “The manifestation of Bharat Bachao was a great demonstration of the vision of Congress. Unfortunately, CAA happened. So they played bowling NPR ball, then NRC delivery. He put our problems in the background. ”

But this difficult phase will diminish ... We will return to our field and force them (BJP) to play in our field. As they or we begin to play in our field, you will see that Congress will get better results, ”he added.

The secretary general of AICC said that Congress will soon go to the states with the economy and employment agenda to galvanize the concern against BJP. As things get better, there will be more manifestations of Bharat Bachao in the states, he said.

It was not that the debate on Citizenship surprised Congress, but that it had to take a stand on what Rawat called Assam, with the majority of Hindus, as a threat to their identity and what others saw as a threat to the Ambedkar effect in The Constitution: equality on the basis of religion, caste, birth.

“Congress was not distracted. We understand this game ... BJP brought these emotional issues on purpose so that people would feel excited and create division, he argued.

“The intellectuality opposed. Everyone, including Muslims, accepted the verdict on. Therefore, it was seen that the government unnecessarily provoked the people ... the situation developed so quickly that it was not under our control. It was a necessity for Congress to lead this sentiment, ”said Rawat.

Though lamenting the loss of spotlight on economy and jobs, Rawat said there was hope in the big vindication of Congress stance - BJP-ruled Bihar’s veto of NPR, Prime Minister Narendra Modi The step backward on the massive defeat of NRC and BJP in the recent elections in Delhi.

They are still stubborn with CAA, but we are sure that the Supreme Court will revalidate the constitutional position ... We have time to re-focus on our problems and retrain the policy towards them, he said.