Having recently raised the issue of Sonia Gandhi's Italian origins, there's more than a touch of irony when Swadeshi Jagaran Manch chief Swaminathan Gurumurthy tells Outlook, "The only political party I have ever worked for in India is the Congress in 1971. I worked for Kamaraj even while being part of the RSS." In the course of an interview with S. Anand, the chartered accountant swayamsevak, sporting his trademark kumkum on the forehead, spoke on disinvestment, Jayalalitha and the BJP's insipid performance. Excerpts:
Are you happy with the way the BJP has handled things?
On the economic front, I'm not. On political issues like the Ram temple too, they could have certainly done better. All this is going to cost the BJP dear. Ultimately, the BJP is also a political party and will have to become conscious of its constituency.
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