India Today Conclave South: BJP’s Tejasvi Surya says Nehruvian socialism kept India poor

BJP chief Tejasvi Surya and Congress chief Supriya Shrinate at India Today Conclave South 2021. (Photo: Yasir Iqbal/India Today)

Among the important thing pitches of the Narendra Modi authorities on the Centre is that of a ‘new India’ being constructed. But whose India is that this? Is this an India higher than the Nehruvian assemble or does it undermine a variety of what India initially stood for and wished to face for? And, most significantly, the place does the youth stand amid all this?

BJP’s firebrand chief Tejasvi Surya and Congress’s fiery spokesperson Supriya Shrinate joined us on the India Today Conclave South 2021 to debate on the concept of ‘Whose India it’s’.

Tejasvi Surya opened the session by speaking about why ‘new India’ is best than Congress’s conception. He mentioned that the Congress celebration for a really very long time “consciously” kept India and Indians poor. As a consequence, younger Indians have been disadvantaged of alternatives for generations, he mentioned, including that below the management of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a brand new tradition of “placing performance of pedigree” has been given significance and that younger persons are consciously given alternatives.

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Calling the Congress insecure, Tejasvi mentioned that the celebration thinks of “capable, talented and young people as their competition”.

“The new India has new icons, like T Natarajan, who achieve the hardest of dreams through hard work. Young India under the Narendra Modi government is unbound, audacious and ambitious,” he mentioned.

BJP chief Tejasvi Surya at India Today Conclave South 2021. (Photo: Yasir Iqbal/India Today)

Squaring off towards him, Congress’s Supriya Shrinate mentioned “rhetorical statements” speaking about new India must be countered with info and added that the Modi-led authorities has the ‘distinctive’ distinction of main the economic system right into a ditch.

“When he [Tejasvi Surya] says Congress kept the people poor, you have the unique distinction of leading the economy into recession first time ever. You have the unique distinction of taking unemployment to a 45-year high. Is this what new India stands for? You have the unique distinction of letting petrol cross Rs 100, letting LPG prices rise by Rs 225 and not utter a word. You have the unique distinction where students are jailed, activists are charged for sedition, where farmers are sitting outside Delhi for the past three-and-a-half-month and not a word from the prime minister. Is this new India? New India is a rhetorical question,” Supriya Shrinate mentioned.

Calling the observe ban train a “Tughlaqi Farmaan”, Shrinate mentioned India dropped sharply when it comes to GDP after demonetisation and that the economic system will shrink by 8 per cent this yr as properly.

“You came in on the promise and premise of building hope for the future, you have actually ruined the present,” she mentioned, including that new India has no place for dissent, no place for variety, no place for disagreement, no place for jobs and has no financial progress.

Does Congress assume there isn’t any future with out Gandhi household?

Tejasvi, bringing again the contentious problem of ‘dynasty politics’, responded to Shrinate by saying, “She has not still answered the question. The question of not allowing non-dynasts in the party. She has very conveniently side-stepped the whole thing.”

He went on to say that he would actually need Congress to have somebody like Shrinate as its nationwide president. “Someone who is articulate like you.”

This promoted Supriya Shrinate to say she would settle the talk over the Congress celebration’s nationwide president “once and for all”. She mentioned the chief of the Congress celebration needs to be determined by Congress employees, including, “If the workers believe in a certain individual, so be it. I don’t give the right to any individual to decide that for me, even in a new India.”

Congress chief Supriya Shrinate at India Today Conclave South 2021. (Photo: Yasir Iqbal/India Today)

On being requested whether or not there was a perception in Congress that the celebration has no future with out the Gandhi household, Shrinate mentioned there may be “belief” that Rahul Gandhi is their chief. “He sets the narrative, he puts the tone, he puts this government in the dock and which is why the argument keeps coming back to us. I think that is a question for us to decide,” she mentioned.

‘Nehruvian socialism selected to maintain India intentionally poor’

When requested to match what the Modi authorities promised with what it has delivered, Tejasvi mentioned that whereas the world was economically ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic, India managed to save lots of each lives and livelihood.

“In so far as the recession allegation is concerned, all of us are aware that the Covid pandemic affected not just India but the entire world. All countries across the world are facing a huge economic challenge and we are not isolated from that. And it is only this government that has managed to save both lives and livelihood. This is why the recovery from recession has been so effective and so real,” Tejasvi Surya mentioned.

Tejasvi Surya addressed the farmers’ agitation too and blamed “Nehruvian socialism” for retaining India “deliberately poor”.

“As the farmers’ agitation is concerned, I said in my opening remarks that this country under the name of Nehruvian socialism chose to keep India deliberately poor. Governments after governments practising the same brand of Nehruvian socialism, experts at redistributing poverty, and never for an ounce created prosperity in the country and this was done by creating hundreds of laws and regulations. For the first time in India’s history, this government has consistently, not just in the farm sector, has tried to unshackle the economy and give the young Indian, farmer and the entrepreneur, his freedom to choose the way he wants to run his business and farm [sic],” he mentioned.

On the query of jobs, Tejasvi Surya mentioned that the Modi authorities has lifted the best variety of people out of poverty ever. “And this could not have been done without creating jobs, without creating infrastructure,” he emphasised.

Supriya Shrinate hit again at Tejasvi Surya asking him to not “hide behind Covid” for all of Modi authorities’s “economic mismanagement”.

BJP chief Tejasvi Surya and Congress chief Supriya Shrinate at India Today Conclave South 2021. (Photo: Yasir Iqbal/India Today)

“Even before Covid, for eight successive quarters, India’s GDP growth was falling. We went from five of the fastest-growing economies in the world to 164th slowest economies in the world in the last one year, thanks to your economic mismanagement,” she mentioned.

She asserted that what the Modi authorities has achieved up to now seven years is to maneuver away from the “idea of every business flourishing to letting a handful of one or two monopolies being created across sectors”.

Freedom of speech in new India

In the session, Tejasvi Surya was additionally requested about worldwide studies that appear to counsel that India is degenerating into an space the place it isn’t secure to talk one’s thoughts. The younger BJP chief responded by saying that the publications making these research ought to “start focusing inwards than commenting on India.”

Surya mentioned that the BJP’s authorities “encourages dissent” and desires individuals to provide constructive criticism, including that it’s, sadly, what’s lacking from the present Opposition.

He, nevertheless, additionally mentioned that dissent is “very different from asking for tukde-tukde of this country”.

“You cannot couch an argument for India’s disintegration as dissent. There is a very very strong fine line between the two,” he maintained.

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