Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Monday expressed confidence that her party will come back to power, rejecting comparison between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and late Indira Gandhi and suggestions that the party did not have leaders to take him on.
“Absolutely, yes. We will come up,” She told India Today TV.
“The party would capture power from its present position of 45 seats in Lok Sabha. We will get seats for full majority. You win and lose in politics,” she said to a question whether Congress will come back to power.
To a question whether her children can take on Modi, Sonia said “absolutely, absolutely”.
She also made it clear that she was not “troubled” by comparisons between Modi and Gandhi and that her party was taking on the Modi government.
“Every era in politics or history has its own problems, its own leaders and its own opposition. I think the Congress party is taking on the present dispensation,” she said.
She was replying to a question whether her party needed to be competitive unlike the 60s and 70s when it was dominant and that it did not have a leader to take on Modi.
Asked whether she was troubled by the fact that Modi was being compared with the late Prime Minister as a strong personality, Gandhi said, “It does not trouble me because I do not believe in it. I have my own clear views about it. There is no comparison. Absolutely not.”
To another question that her party did not have a tough and competitive leader like Modi, she said, “I do not agree with that.”
“So much is expected of us because we have a certain surname, we belong to a certain family. We sort of gather some sort of inner strength to make it possible for us to face such things,” she said.
Asked whether her son Rahul Gandhi or daughter Priyanka Gandhi will carry forward the family’s political legacy, the Congress chief said she is not the one to decide or reply.
She also rejected the charge that Indira Gandhi and she herself “promoted dynasty”.
“Just like in the family of doctors, professors, businessmen, one or the other person within the family will choose the same path as the father… In politics, you are elected and defeated democratically,” she said.
She said Indira Gandhi was not “terribly keen” on joining politics but she did it for the country and its people.
She recalled that Indira Gandhi was ridiculed, insulted and made fun of from within even more than outside when she entered politics, became a Congress president and later Prime Minister.
There was nothing that she did was right. She was able to “overcome” that, Gandhi said.
Asked about the Emergency, she said if Indira Gandhi had not felt extremely uncomfortable with it at some stage, she would not have called for election.
Sonia said she joined politics to uphold the values of her mother-in-law and that of the Congress.