21 January, 2021

Ashwini Kumar

The minister of state for industry and national spokesperson of the AICC on campaign strategy

Ashwini Kumar
What’s the core of the Congress campaign?

For the voter it’s a choice between a progressive, resurgent and modern India anchored in the traditions of liberal nationalism that the Congress represents as opposed to the BJP’s narrow, divisive and backward-looking agenda.

We see a new aggressive Manmohan Singh...

A strong leader need not be loud. The BJP’s strategy was to make this a Dr Singh vs Advani affair, but that has boomeranged.

So how did this transformation from technocrat to aggressive leader take place?

From staking his prime ministership on the nuclear deal to a steely leadership post 26/11, Dr Singh has demonstrated his strength.

But has the departure of allies hurt the Congress’s electoral prospects?

The NDA implies Nationally Dwindling Alliance. Instead, our allies have pledged allegiance to Dr Singh. The Congress and UPA are ushering in a strong, stable and secular government.

Is job loss in the recession a major issue?

It is and will remain a priority. We’ve given three...



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