Senior Congress chief M Veerappa Moily on Sunday mentioned some leaders ”misused” the G-23 and asserted that if anybody persists with its institutionalisation it might be for ”vested curiosity” as reform of the occasion was already underway underneath Sonia Gandhi. The previous Union minister additionally voiced robust assist for ballot strategist Prashant Kishor’s induction into the Congress and mentioned these opposing his entry into the occasion had been ”anti-reform”.
In an interview with PTI, Moily, who was among the many 23 leaders who wrote to Gandhi final yr looking for organizational overhaul, opposed the institutionalisation of the G-23 and mentioned ”a few of us put our signatures just for reform of the occasion from inside and to rebuild the occasion, to not destroy it”. ”A few of our leaders misused the G-23. No sooner did Sonia ji consider reforming the occasion from inside and from the grassroots degree, we didn’t subscribe to the thought of G-23,” the senior Congress chief mentioned, with out taking any names. He mentioned with the initiation of reform underneath occasion chief Sonia Gandhi’s management, the G-23 has ”no position and has turn into irrelevant”.
”In the event that they (some leaders) persist (with G-23) which means there’s a vested curiosity for just a few of them to work in opposition to the Congress occasion which we don’t subscribe to and relatively oppose it,” Moily mentioned. Anyone who once more makes use of the instrument of G-23 is doing an important disservice to the Indian Nationwide Congress and its legacy, he mentioned, including such actions would assist the Congress’ rivals.
His remarks assume significance as many leaders of the G-23 have both distanced themselves from it or have been silent following the letter they wrote final yr. Out of that group of 23 leaders who wrote to Sonia Gandhi, Jitin Prasada has converted to the BJP. Just a few members of the G-23 had obtained collectively at social gatherings a few occasions at Kapil Sibal’s residence just lately and reportedly mentioned occasion points. At one of many gatherings, Sibal had invited a bunch of opposition leaders as effectively to his residence.
Moily mentioned the ”main surgical procedure” of the occasion that he has been speaking about to revitalize the organisation was already being contemplated by Sonia Gandhi. ”She (Sonia Gandhi) is energetic and taking selections, such selections are wanted,” he mentioned, including he was proud of the steps taken by the occasion chief.
Requested about hypothesis that Kishor may be part of the Congress, Moily mentioned it was advisable that he joins the Congress and injects reforms from inside. Moily urged these throughout the occasion opposing Kishor’s entry into the Congress not to take action, saying it was vital for the nation and the Congress that the occasion be reformed, which, he mentioned, was the intention of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.
Based on sources, Congress president Sonia Gandhi will take a closing name on the induction of Kishor and has held discussions with a number of senior leaders on the problem. Requested if he thinks Kishor’s induction shall be useful for the occasion, Moily mentioned the ballot strategist has proved that he’s profitable in understanding methods. ”As an alternative of working from outdoors, if he joins the occasion, it will likely be fairly useful,” he added.
”Let there be robust willpower to affix palms with Sonia ji to make sure that the occasion’s organisation is strengthened inside a few months. That is what I proposed that Prashant Kishor can inject that type of resurgence of the Congress occasion (that’s wanted) by plan and design,” Moily mentioned. He additionally mentioned the Congress is the primary plank of the politics of this nation. ”We might lose generally nevertheless it can’t be mentioned that we’ll lose eternally. For instance, in 1977 we misplaced and in 1980 with all of the allegations in opposition to her (Indira Gandhi), in the end the folks discovered that they wished the Congress and Indira ji got here again, that is the historical past of the Congress,” he mentioned when requested about NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s remarks suggesting that Congress’ state of affairs was now like impoverished landlords.
Moily additionally identified that Pawar himself has acknowledged that Congress was the one occasion in energy in a number of states that might tackle the BJP. ”Congress is the fulcrum of the energy of the politics of this nation,” Moily asserted. Requested if Congress could be the fulcrum of an Opposition alliance to tackle the BJP in 2024 elections, he answered within the affirmative.
”Finally the federal government can not perform to serve the curiosity of a gaggle of individuals, few castes or few religions, it can’t be accomplished. Simply because the individuals are silent it doesn’t imply that they can not stage a political revolution, they will do it however solely underneath the management of the Congress,” Moily mentioned. It must be remembered that the integrity of the Structure of India is underneath risk underneath the NDA regime, he alleged.
Hitting out at these alleging that the Congress was all about the advantage of one household, Moily mentioned Sonia Gandhi had sacrificed for the nation and by no means hankered for posts. The Congress is the spine of forces to tackle the BJP, Moily mentioned. Requested about calls from throughout the Congress that Rahul Gandhi must be made the chief of the occasion once more, he mentioned the Wayanad MP was greatest suited to guide the occasion however added that presently it was vital to show consideration to reorganise and revamp the occasion.
Moily, who was just lately appointed convenor of a seven-member panel of the occasion to review issues associated to caste census, mentioned it was not about polarisation on the premise of caste however demand for equality and never one thing that will perpetuate the caste system.