In India, air quality has increased significantly due to corona

NJust a few days after the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an initially three-week lockdown, the sky cleared over Delhi. The people in the Indian capital, one of the cities with the worst air in the world, have been able to breathe deeply for a long time now. For the first time in many years, some speak of decades, the sky is so blue and the view is so clear that the capitals see the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas. The changes in the city are also noticeable elsewhere. “Instead of the traffic noises and the endless honking of the horns, people heard birds, bulbs, blessings and even peacocks from their inner-city balconies,” commented journalist Aarti Betigeri.

Because of the curfew, most residents don’t get much of it because they can’t go outside anyway. In addition, Delhi is still not a climatic health resort. Pollution fluctuates between “moderate” and “unhealthy for sensitive groups”. But at the moment it is no longer reaching the usual “dangerous” level. According to the World Health Organization, 21 of the 30 cities with the poorest air are in India. In Delhi, the air is usually poisoned by cars, construction sites, factories and slash-and-burn. Schools were closed and flights canceled in November due to the high levels of pollution at the time of the year. According to a study, a total of 1.24 million Indians died prematurely from the effects of air pollution in 2017.

Clean like not in decades

The corona pandemic has done what the authorities have failed to do for years. Satellite images from the American Space Agency (NASA) are said to show that the air in northern India is cleaner than it has been in two decades. Local measurements show that the concentration of fine dust in Delhi has halved. It is of course a high price that India pays for this positive side effect. The country with 1.3 billion inhabitants currently has the most extensive curfew in the world. Factories, construction sites, shops and temples stand still, public transport has come to a standstill. Hundreds of thousands of migrant workers and day laborers suddenly found themselves without work. They left the cities in crowded buses or even on foot. It is now feared that the subcontinent could face a hunger crisis.

And there is no end in sight to the curfew. In an interview with the country heads, Modi is said to have agreed on Monday that the lockdown in the heavily affected areas should be extended beyond the planned end on May 3. On the other hand, high levels of air pollution in India had become a permanent problem – and it could also exacerbate the pandemic. Research is currently investigating whether there could be a link between air pollution and a high mortality rate from Covid-19. This is not yet conclusively proven.

The air is getting better everywhere

A better Lockdown air quality is observed not only in India but also in Europe, the United States and other countries in Asia. In a report, a Swiss company measured the particulate matter levels in ten selected cities before and during the Covid 19 outbreak. According to this, a “drastic fall” in the level of air pollution was found a year earlier in almost all cities where there was a lockdown. It was 60 percent less in Delhi, 54 percent in Seoul (South Korea) and 44 percent in Wuhan (China).

China has older insights into how air pollution develops in the Corona crisis. There, the authorities had initially put the city of Wuhan and then almost the entire province of Hubei and other parts of the country to sleep to prevent the spread of the corona virus that first appeared there. Copernicus, the European Union’s Earth observation program, has compared particulate matter levels in the air over the past four years. Result: In February 2020, when the restrictions came into force, the pollution of the air with these tiny particles in large parts of China was 20 to 30 percent less than in previous years.

According to a preliminary study by Norwegian researchers, air improvement could prevent over 100,000 premature deaths in China. The prerequisite for this, however, would be that the low air pollution persists throughout the year. It is more likely, however, that with the gradual loosening of curfews, air pollution will also return. And it could even exceed the pre-crisis values ​​- if companies try to make up lost production time.


Why India’s workers are protesting the government

Bangkok They are not supposed to leave their homes, but the women in the Indian metropolis of Amritsar have an important message: Given the curfew in their country that has been going on for a month, they are running out of food. As a sign of protest, they put empty plates and pots in the air.

Most of the women belong to migrant worker families who are unable to earn money during the lockdown. To make ends meet, they rely primarily on the support of private benefactors.

Resistance to the situation is growing nationwide in India. It mainly comes from people who have difficulty earning enough money to eat and stay at normal times – and are now particularly suffering from strict anti-corona policies. They feel let down by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and go on the barricades.

Leftist union leader Tapan Sen called for a nationwide protest against Modi’s policy last Tuesday. “We have heard enough from you,” he said to the Prime Minister. “Now listen to us!” He asked Modi.

Photos of the action, organized by Tapan’s Center of Indian Trade Unions, showed people in several cities stepping outside their homes with protest posters. “The government is idle and numb when it comes to workers’ suffering,” the union said in a statement.

Protests against the Indian government

Leftist union leader Tapan Sen called for a nationwide protest against Modi’s policy last Tuesday.

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Since March 25, public life in India has been almost completely paralyzed. The country’s almost 1.4 billion inhabitants are only allowed to go out if they have a legitimate reason to do so – for example, buying food and medicine is allowed, and some businesses have recently been allowed to reopen. For the time being, Modi does not want to allow any more to slow the spread of the coronavirus. As of Friday, the country counted almost 25,000 cases.

Massive economic problems in the informal sector

It was clear from the start that the restrictions for the hundreds of millions of Indians working in the informal sector would lead to massive economic problems. The International Labor Organization (ILO) warned that 400 million workers in India could fall deeper into poverty due to the lack of earning opportunities.

With many reports of the low-income plight, Modi made a public apology for understanding the strict measures. But when he extended the curfew, which was originally scheduled to run for three weeks and was due to expire in mid-April, to early May, many people lost patience.

There were chaotic scenes at a train station in the financial metropolis of Mumbai: Thousands of workers, originally from other parts of the country, gathered and called for opportunities to return to their homeland. So far, these have not been granted – travel between the states is currently not permitted.

The government promises not to leave the workers alone. “We don’t want anyone to go hungry,” said Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman when she launched a $ 23 billion aid package to help low-income earners.

But many people in need have so far been left empty-handed. In a survey by Indian media among thousands of migrant workers, more than 90 percent said they had received no food rations – and two thirds of them had less than the equivalent of 2.50 euros.

Observers warn of the social explosives in the situation: “There are many complaints,” commented economics professor Indira Hirway, who teaches in Modi’s homeland Gujarat. She believes: “If the government doesn’t change its policies, it could lead to unrest and tremendous misery.”

More: Poverty reduction in India is facing a severe setback. Read more here.


In Delhi, good citizenship arises from confinement

A CONFINED WORLD (3/12) – While the Covid-19 epidemic exposes the most vulnerable segments of society to misery, solidarity is being organized to enforce barrier measures and feed the poor.

By Emmanuel Derville

Disciplined and masked, residents of Delhi wait on April 16 during a food distribution.
Disciplined and masked, residents of Delhi wait on April 16 during a food distribution. Amarjeet Kumar Singh / Anadolu Agency via AFP

One virus was enough for the people of New Delhi to suddenly change their habits. No more jostling in crowded supermarkets. No more noise from horns in traffic. No more maskless outings in spite of dantesque air pollution. No more queues of people pressing against their neighbor. The Indian capital has changed since the confinement came into effect on March 25. Fear began to spread in the second week of March, when residents began to desert the metro. As of April 19, the capital was the second epidemic focus in the country with 2003 cases of contamination and 45 deaths.

But avoiding the Covid-19 is also a question of resources. And the city offers striking contrasts between rich and poor neighborhoods. Take Gurgaon, the upper middle class city located in the suburbs and dotted with posh residences. Each condominium offers the same spectacle: the masked security guards barricaded the entrances,

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India relaxes containment to limit impact on poor

Narendra Modi’s government must spare two imperatives: health and humanitarian.

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Truck drivers wash themselves on the side of the road in Navi Mumbai.
Truck drivers wash themselves on the side of the road in Navi Mumbai. INDRANIL MUKHERJEE / AFP

New Delhi

Containment or hunger? As India begins its seventh week of epidemics and its fourth week of confinement, the puzzle continues. In a speech to the nation on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered a tip: “The confinement will have to be extended until May 3. […] Areas that will not be hot spots of the epidemic, and which are less likely to become hot spots, may be allowed to resume certain activities from April 20. “

Narendra Modi has given himself until Wednesday to detail his strategy. This caution highlights the trial and error of a government forced to spare two imperatives: health and humanitarian.

India reacted very early to the pandemic. National confinement was decreed on March 24, when the country counted ten dead. By comparison, France confined its population when the toll was 175 victims. This reactivity seems to have paid off, since the death curve

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On the other hand, residents in Ludhiana blocked the access roads so as not to let people in from outside. In Bareilly, the authorities had groups of migrant workers returning home sprayed with a disinfectant solution. The police beat workers in some places because they were dangerous. In Modi’s home state of Gujarat, she shot tear gas at hundreds of textile workers to keep her from traveling. Many accuse the government of repeatedly leaving the poor, among them a high proportion of Muslims, in the lurch – with the senseless withdrawal of cash that Modi had ordered, then with the dispute over citizenship and now because of their fate not being taken care of be.

Undersupply with corona tests

Health care for the 800 million poor in India is not easy even on normal days. Even government statistics show that in 2018 the richest fifth of the country’s Indians accounted for around a third of all hospital treatments. The poorest fifth in the country, on the other hand, only stood for a tenth. It is much more likely that the poor need care because of malnutrition and hard work. Government documents consulted by Reuters say India needs at least 38 million masks and a good 6 million sets of protective clothing; however, it currently only has 9 million masks and 800,000 protective suits.

The government has called on companies to start manufacturing immediately. The automotive industry was asked to produce fans on Monday. Given the shortage of tests, it will be impossible to at least test people with symptoms for corona; Almost 20 percent of the poor said they had cough or fever in the past month, both of which could indicate symptoms. Even though food stores are well stocked, it may be difficult to help the poorest as the economy is in crisis.

Modi apologizes

Rob Subbaraman, chief economist at Bank Nomura, warned on Monday that in the worst case India could shrink by 4 percent this year: “Growing unemployment, the loss of income and the political disenchantment with the draconian measures could lead to social unrest.” The analysts von Standard & Poor’s said the situation in the region was “at least as bad as it was during the 1998 Asian crisis”. The situation of the poor leads to political disputes. Representatives of Modi’s ruling party accused the regional government in Delhi of bringing the mass of people to the border in buses to create chaos.

“Please make sure that every family receives food rations for 15 days and is brought back to their accommodations in buses. Otherwise the whole thing will be a problem, ”warned a party representative of the opposition city government, whereby he had to be aware that most of them want to go home because they have no place to stay. Opposition leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted: “Without a job and with an uncertain future, millions of our sisters and brothers in India are struggling to find their way home. It’s shameful that we allow even an Indian to be treated like this and the government has no contingency plans for such an exodus. ”Modi apologized on Sunday to his 1.3 billion people: In his third address within one good week he said: “We have to win the fight against Corona and we will win it.”


India’s migrant workers don’t know where to go

DThe situation in India comes to a head, as expected, as hundreds of thousands of migrant workers flock back to their villages to ensure their survival in the Corona crisis. After the government of the world’s most populous country after China imposed a curfew, several hundred million people have no income and are no longer able to pay tenants. The poor are entitled to food rations and some also cash to be able to get by at least until the end of the month. However, many believe that they no longer have a chance in the city and try to reach their home villages.

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Christoph Hein

Business correspondent for South Asia / Pacific based in Singapore.

This is why tens of thousands of people lined up along the national borders of the capital Delhi at the weekend, waiting for transportation back to the country to their states such as Uttar Pradesh, Bihar or Madhya Pradesh. Most of them were young men who had hired themselves as factory workers, at market stalls, on construction sites, as pushers or cleaning men for around 400 rupees (4.76 euros) a day. Some have taken women and children, bags and everything they could carry with them. A journey of several hundred kilometers lies ahead of many. India, however, has overridden all passenger trains. The country has now converted railway wagons into isolation stations.

Millions of masks and protective suits are missing

Therefore, the refugees from Delhi have no choice but to either go directly to the border in Ghazipur and hope for further transport on the other side, or to walk to the interurban bus terminals. The line of people in front of the Anand Vidar bus station measured more than three kilometers on Saturday. It can be seen on video recordings that only a minority of people protect themselves from the risk of infection at least through masks. The required minimum distance of two meters, which is rigid in some places in India and enforced by the police with blows, was completely overruled in the crowds. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had ordered Tuesday that all Indians would have to stay at home for the next 21 days to alleviate the wave of infection. According to official information, around one thousand people have been infected with corona to date. The number of unreported cases is likely to be much higher, as the ratio is hardly tested.

The chaos sparks a political argument. Representatives of Modi’s ruling party accused the government in Delhi of bringing the mass of people to the border on buses to create chaos. “You transported them to the border in Delhi buses. Please make sure that every family gets food rations for 15 days and is brought back to their accommodations on buses. Otherwise the whole thing will be a problem, ”warned a party representative of the opposition city government – although he had to be clear that this would not work: most of the people want to go home, many have no place to stay.

The queue at the Anand Vihar bus terminal in Neu-Dehli is several kilometers long.

Others reported on social media that workers returning home in Uttar Pradesh were also beaten up and sent back by the police because they were dangerous. Opposition leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted: “Without a job and with an uncertain future, millions of our sisters and brothers in India are struggling to find their way home. It is shameful that we allow even an Indian to be treated like this and the government has no contingency plans for such an exodus. ”

Day laborers are crowded on a bus on the way back to their villages.

Modi now apologized to his 1.3 billion people: In his third speech in about a week, he said: “We have to win the fight against Corona, and we will win it.” Many hold the government open again and again the poor, among them a high proportion of Muslims, in the lurch – first in the useless withdrawal of cash that Modi had ordered, and now again because their fate was not taken care of.

Government documents consulted by Reuters say India needs at least 38 million masks and about 6 million sets of protective clothing; however, it currently only has 9 million masks and 800,000 protective suits. The government has called on companies to start manufacturing immediately.


Coronavirus | PM Narendra Modi second address to the nation: updates in real time | Stay at your home for the next 21 days, says Modi

As India faces the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced various measures taken by the country and the vital aspects of the disease.

COVID-19 | Interactive map of confirmed coronavirus cases in India

Here are the live updates:

“My dear fellow countrymen, I came back among you again to talk about the Coronavirus.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi begins his speech “The resolution we took on March 22 of a Janata curfew brought him to the end with the utmost sincerity and joined”.

Modi states “With one day Janata curfew the country has shown that when there is a crisis before the country or humanity, we are united.

“You are looking at the global situation regarding Coronavirus.

“Even the most prosperous of countries has been made impotent by this pandemic.”

The Prime Minister says “It is not as if they did not have resources or were not trying, but the virus is such that these efforts are not enough”.

“The experience of these countries in the past two months and what experts say is that there is only one way to combat it effectively, social distancing.”

He says “To stop Coronavirus, we have to stop the cycle of its spread.

“Some people mistakenly believe that social distancing is only for those who are infected, but this is not true. It is for everyone, even for the Prime Minister.”

“The irresponsibility of some people will endanger your life, the lives of your children. If this continues, you and India will have to pay a huge price.

Modi says “In the past two days several states have been blocked. Tonight from 12:00, the whole country will be completely blocked. “

The prime minister says “This was done to save all the citizens of the country.”

Modi “In all states, in all union territories, in all districts, the kasbah is freezing. This is a curfew, stricter than Janata’s curfew.”

Modi says “Without a doubt we will have to pay a cost for this, but saving the lives of every Indian is the priority for me, the government of India, state governments, local government”.

“From now on, the blockade will be for three weeks, 21 days.”

“Please ask me to stay where you are. The next 21 days are very important to stop the cycle of coronavirus infection. If we are not sincere in the curfew for 21 days, the country will fall 21 years. For 21 days forget to venture out . Stay home. Just do that thing. “

Modi says “Draw a Laxman Rekha outside your door and remember that even a step outside it will bring Coronavirus to your home. Corona yaani koi road for nikley“.

Modi states that “Experts also say that if someone has acquired the virus today, the symptoms arise several days later. Within that time it can infect others.”

“WHO says an infected person can spread it to multiple people within a week. It is a fast spreading infection. It took 67 days for the first 100,000 cases. The next 100,000 arrived in just 11 days. .

“The scariest thing is that it hit 300,000 in 4 days. You can see how quickly it can spread and once it’s done it’s hard to stop it.

“In countries like China, the United States, Italy, Iran, once things got out of control, it was difficult to regain control of them. Italy, the United States and the United Kingdom are considered countries with good health infrastructures and continue to struggle.

Modi states that “The ray of hope comes from the experience of countries where some control over infection has been found. These are countries that have strictly applied social distance.

The Prime Minister says “It doesn’t matter what we should stay at home. The social distance applies from the Prime Minister to all citizens.

“The state and the center are both working to meet this challenge. Surely this challenge will be particularly difficult for the poor. Alongside the government, civil society clothes should help mitigate some of their difficulties. We must give priority to what is required to save lives. The government has taken advice from the WHO, scientists and health experts. “

Modi says “the government has awarded Rs 15,000 million to strengthen health infrastructure to combat coronavirus. This will be spent on testing centers, PPE, fans and other equipment.


World Day Against Internet Censorship: Digital Freedom Library

Z.To mark World Day Against Internet Censorship on March 12, Reporters Without Borders released a list of the top 20 “enemies of the Internet”. In addition to government agencies and companies, these also include informal networks. Countries such as Russia, Iran, India, Venezuela, China and Egypt conduct state censorship of journalistic content online. “Troll armies” of the Kremlin and the governments of Algeria and Mexico work with systematic harassment, slander or threats against journalists. For this purpose, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro uses a so-called “hate cabinet”. The “warriors” of the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi specifically issue death and rape threats against media professionals in social networks. States such as Vietnam, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia and Sudan use disinformation to deliberately destabilize democratic states. There is also a German company on the list of internet enemies: “FinFisher” is said to have illegally sold a spy program to the Turkish government, which is used to monitor journalists.

Reporters Without Borders is setting an example against censorship with an information project on the Internet. More than 145 million people play Minecraft computer games every month. In the “Open World Game” you can build 3D worlds from cube-shaped blocks as you like and explore the constructs of other players. On behalf of Reporter Without Borders, such a digital world has now emerged, which is all about freedom of the press: For the so-called “Uncensored Library”, experts from the company “Blockworks”, which specializes in Minecraft, put more than one and a half million virtual stones on top of each other for three months. The result is a monumental, if purely digital, building that sits enthroned on a green island like a spacious castle. Players can enter the library online and find out about the press freedom situation in 180 countries in the huge lobby, the floor of which is adorned with a world map.

Uncensored truth for everyone

Five other rooms form the actual heart of both the library and the project: Because unlike some independent news portals, online newspapers or blogs, Minecraft is freely accessible in almost every country in the world. Taking advantage of this, players can read uncensored articles from countries whose governments are massively interfering with press freedom and exercising censorship. One room is dedicated to Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Vietnam because the freedom of the press is particularly restricted in these five countries, according to Reporters Without Borders. Journalists face high prison sentences there, even state-related murders such as that of Saudi journalist Jamal Kashoggi in 2018 occurred. Texts that Kashoggi wrote for the “Washington Post” are now available in the “Uncensored Library” and may also be read there from Saudi Arabia.

Many “young people grow up without being able to form their own opinions. By using the world’s most popular computer game Minecraft as a medium, we are giving them access to independent information, ”said Christian Mihr, CEO of Reporter Without Borders, about the project. The texts of the “Uncensored Library” are available in English and in the journalists’ native language. The virtual library is to be supplemented by further articles, as Reporters Without Borders announced in a press release. On the website Interested parties will receive further information about the idea, which comes from the advertising agency DDB Germany, and how they can access the library as a player.


President Kovind, Prime Minister Modi extends Holi’s greetings to the nation | India news

NEW DELHI: President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended their greetings to the nation on Tuesday for “Holi”. The president and the prime minister took Twitter to wish their compatriots.
“I wish everyone a #HappyHoli! The festival of colors, Holi is a celebration of spring and brotherhood in our society. May it bring peace, joy and prosperity to everyone’s life,” tweeted President Kovind.

“Many congratulations to all of you for Holi, a festival of colors and joy. May this festival bring happiness to the life of all compatriots,” tweeted Prime Minister Modi in Hindi.

Last week, the Prime Minister announced that he would not participate in any Holi event in the midst of the coronavirus crisis.
The Prime Minister made the decision after the recommendations of the experts, who advised to reduce mass meetings to avoid the spread of the new coronavirus.
“Experts from around the world have advised to reduce mass meetings to avoid the spread of Covid-19. So, this year I decided not to participate in any Holi Milano program,” he tweeted.

Union Minister Harsh Vardhan also urged people to avoid mass meetings, stating that the Prime Minister’s decision not to celebrate Holi carries a big message in the threat of coronavirus.
People across the country are celebrating the color festival with zeal and enthusiasm.
Holi is an ancient Hindu festival, which means the victory of good over evil. It is celebrated as a day of spreading joy and love.


Rahul Gandhi, the most acceptable leader in Congress, the time has come to return as head of the party: Ajay Maken | India news

NEW DELHI: Amid uncertainty about the leadership issue, senior congressional leader and former union minister Ajay Maken said that the time has come for Rahul Gandhi to return as party president as he is the most acceptable leader. Former President of the Delhi Congress Unit, Maken, in an interview with PTI, also beat veterans to gradually make way for younger leaders, saying that if the parties don’t change their leadership over time, then people change parties.
Ensuring that Rahul Gandhi is the head of Congress, he said that there is no other acceptable face like Rahul, who also has good intent, zero baggage and constantly takes an aggressive stance in the fight against the power of the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi .
Maken also supported a long-term advisory role for interim President Sonia Gandhi, stating that her experience and expertise in managing Congress affairs would be very necessary for the new president.
The party constitution can be changed to ensure that, he said.
“I think the time has come to return Rahul Gandhi. I say this with very strong conviction and strong reasons behind this. Rahul Gandhi is universally acceptable in the Congress party. There is no other face that is as acceptable as Rahul Gandhi is, Ha called Maken.
So, a person who is universally acceptable, without baggage, with good hearted intentions and who has been consistent and more aggressive towards BJP and Modi, and has been the voice amplifier of farmers, Dalits and minorities. I think he deserves to be the president of Congress on his own, he said.
Asked when the time would be right for Rahul Gandhi’s return, Maken said: the sooner the better, because the uncertainty will end.
Congress spokesman Randeep Surjewala also said that Prime Minister Modi and Interior Minister Amit Shah are deeply suspicious of the unwavering belief and fear with which Rahul Gandhi took on the BJP and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
“Rahul Gandhi has adequately demonstrated his courage. The time has come to rise above the parochial issues of regional leadership and work to strengthen and rebuild Congress. Needless to say, Rahul Gandhi is the obvious and unique choice to lead Congress.” he said. .
Maken noted that the country needs a person with “good intentions in the heart, not good content in the speech”.
“We have seen that the country is paying the price to follow only a good content in the speech and the current situation in which our country is located, the economy is in crisis, there is a social conflict, the riots going on in the capital national and government do nothing, it’s just because people voted for the good content in Narendra Modi’s speech. They never saw the intent in the leader’s heart, “said the leader of Congress.
Commenting on the debate between old and young in Congress, Maken strongly supported the gradual change of guard in the party and said that the parties must change their leadership in time.
They are among the main supporters of change, but it must be gradual. It can’t be in a big sudden change. But it must be there. This change is necessary because if the parties don’t change their leadership on time, then people change the parties, he said, adding that the electorate wants to change.
If congressional veterans are given an advisory role, he said it should be voluntary and not imposed on them, as was the case with party veterans in the BJP.
Based on rumors in support of organizational congressional elections, Maken said that elections to the position of party president and working committee members alone would not be helpful, and an overall bottom-up organizational survey is needed. tall.
“Only elections for the president or the working committee will not empower workers,” said Maken.
He noted that Rahul Gandhi supported elections not only for the working committee and the president, but a series of elections at all levels in a transparent way.
This is what Rahul Gandhi has always claimed. He wanted transparent elections worldwide and even ticket distribution should be held through primaries and elections, in which workers should decide who should receive the ticket, Maken said.
On Congress that suffered two general electoral setbacks under Rahul Gandhi, he said that as far as the victory and loss of the elections are concerned, this is part of the process.
How many elections won by Atal Bihari Vajpayee had won the BJP. In the 90s the Vajpayee-Advani duo always lost the election. The BJP never threw their leaders out of the party, so to speak, they who got the BJP in power, the former Union minister said.
Maken also asked to clearly spell Congress’s ideology on social, economic and nationalistic issues, in order to prevent leaders from speaking with different voices in public on key issues.
“We should have firmly established our ideological position on key issues, as this would put an end to any kind of confusion and would also help Congress workers to have their loyalty and loyalty to a particular philosophy or ideology,” he said. He said.
Maken also said that Congress lost ground in Delhi because it stopped attacking Arvind Kejriwal, head of the Aam Aadmi (AAP) party from January 2019.
BJP’s polarization agenda also helped the AAP, he said, rejecting the widespread belief that Congress, under a deliberate electoral strategy, left Delhi for the AAP.