In a major embarrassment for the Congress party, former minister of the party in Karnataka, MV Rajasekharan, has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “congratulate” him on electoral win in Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh in the recent elections.
First, S M Krishna, a senior Congress leader and former External Affairs Minister, quit the party and joined the BJP. Now, another senior former minister and a well respected Congress leader, M V Rajasekharan, has praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
In his letter addressed to Narendra Modi, Rajashekaran said, “I would like to take this opportunity to convey my heartiest congratulations on the tremendous success of the BJP in the recent Assembly elections in the five northern states, especially on getting two-thirds majority in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.”
He even went on to compare Modi’s appeal to the poor to that of former and late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s Garibi Hatao.
Rajasekharan’s letter has irked the party and has come as a major embarrassment to party vice president Rahul Gandhi who can’t stand the sight or name of Narendra Modi.
To add to the embarrassment, the octogenarian Karnataka leader is a permanent invitee to the Congress Working Committee, the apex executive body of the party.
In a separate letter to Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu, Rajasekharan congratulated him for the BJP’s absolute majority in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
The letters cannot have come at a more wrong time. Two crucial byelections are on the cards in a fortnight where the Congress is fighting a tough battle with the BJP.
Moreover, Karnataka goes to polls early next year. The BJP will use these letters to the hilt to embarrass the Congress that is already under a heap of scams and non-performance.
Will Rajasekharan be the next wicket to fall after S M Krishna?