Mumbai: Today we are comparing our Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Congress Party Vice President and PM-in-waiting Rahul Gandhi. We are aware of the qualities that Rahul Gandhi still lacks in him to stand strong before PM Modi and our this list will compare both the contenders on many parameters. Let’s have a look on them
Our PM Modi is a charismatic leader. He commands attention and respect and has a towering personality. He has made himself popular not only in India but also enhanced the image of India all over the world. He was voted TIME Person of the Year in 2016 and is also amongst the 100 most influential people in the world.
In comparison, Rahul Gandhi comes across as young and inexperienced and is not taken seriously by the people and often taken for granted even by his own party men sometimes.
Few can beat PM Modi in oratory skills. His speech at the US Madison Square Gardens, the White House, the UK Parliament, the Dubai Stadium have wowed his audiences. His Independence Day speeches are exemplary while his ‘Mann ki Baat’ radio addresses are heartfelt and draw a loyal brand of listeners. ‘Main Pradhan Mantri nahi, Pradhan Sevak Hoon’, ‘Building toilets are more important than building Temples’, ‘Dream to do something not to become something’ are some of his inspiring one-liners.
Rahul Gandhi too speaks well but not with authority that PM Modi has, and not half as inspiring too.
PM Modi has introduced many innovative schemes like Make in India, Digital India, Swacch Bharat, Beti Bachao Beti Padao, Skill India, etc. His implementation of GST under the ‘One Nation, One Tax’ principle and his move on demonetization to weed out corruption and move towards a cashless society, have appealed to the masses.
Rahul Gandhi has in comparison not scored high on the innovation parameter. Ironically many of the schemes claimed by the NDA govt. were first initiated by the UPA. However the party went slow on their implementation and lost out on taking credit for them.
PM Modi is a master strategist. His election strategy of 2014 has been discussed as a case study in management schools and is already gearing up in a big way for 2019 general elections.
He has succeeded in playing the two cards viz. the popularity card and the Hindutva card cleverly to his advantage.
Playing the Hindutva card, he has succeeded in appeasing the RSS by turning a blind eye to their actions of pseudo nationalism, cow vigilantism, saffronization of education and the appointment of hardliners like Yogi Adityanath and Manohar Lal Khattar as Chief Ministers.
Similarly he has played the popularity card by allowing farm loan waivers, appointing Ram Nath Kovind as the first Dalit President, and supporting Nitish Kumar who also commands the Dalit and backward class votebank in Bihar.
Rahul Gandhi has not been able to match Modi as a strategist. He was not able to form governments in Goa and Manipur because the central leadership did not act swiftly despite of having a majority there. His base in Karnataka is also slowly being eroded by the BJP’s Hindutva agenda. His tie-up with Akhilesh Yadav for the UP Assembly elections proved disastrous. Similarly his efforts in promoting Meira Kumar as candidate for the presidential poll and Gopal Gandhi as Vice president went in vain. Both, President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, are BJP nominees.
PM Modi has an impeccable record of keeping his flock together. There has been almost no dissent within the party as he has a complete sway on his party men. He has succeeded in sidelining senior party veterans who were against him like L.K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi and not taking them in the Cabinet in a very subtle manner by introducing an age limit of 75 years for inclusion.
The Congress in comparison under Rahul Gandhi’s leadership have seen defections galore with several bigwigs leaving the party viz Shankar Singh Vaghela, Jayanthi Natarajan, Datta Meghe, Biren Singh, Vijai Sardesai, etc. The recent drama where Gujarat Congress workers were transported to Karnataka so as to prevent horse trading before the crucial Rajya Sabha elections in the state clearly shows how scared the party is of the actions of its own party members.