Senior Congress chief M Veerappa Moily at this time mentioned some leaders “misused” the G-23 and asserted that if anybody persists with its institutionalisation it will be for “vested curiosity” as reform of the celebration was already underway below 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 celebration had been “anti-reform”.
In an interview with PTI, Mr Moily, who was among the many 23 leaders who wrote to Sonia Gandhi final yr, looking for organisational overhaul, opposed the institutionalisation of the G-23 and mentioned “a few of us put our signatures just for reform of the celebration from inside and to rebuild the celebration, to not destroy it”.
“A few of our leaders misused the G-23. No sooner did Sonia ji consider reforming the celebration from inside and from the grassroots degree, we didn’t subscribe to the concept of G-23,” the senior Congress chief mentioned, with out taking any names.
He mentioned with the initiation of reform below celebration 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 a couple of of them to work in opposition to the Congress celebration which we do not subscribe to and slightly oppose it,” Mr Moily mentioned.
Anyone who once more makes use of the instrument of G-23 is doing a terrific disservice to the Indian Nationwide Congress and its legacy, he mentioned, including such actions would assist the Congress’s 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.
A couple of members of the G-23 bought collectively at social gatherings a few occasions at Kapil Sibal’s residence not too long ago and reportedly mentioned celebration points. At one of many gatherings, Mr Sibal had invited a bunch of opposition leaders as effectively to his residence.
Mr Moily mentioned the “main surgical procedure” of the celebration that he has been speaking about to revitalise the organisation was already being contemplated by Sonia Gandhi.
“She (Sonia Gandhi) is lively and taking choices, such choices are wanted,” he mentioned, including he was proud of the steps taken by the celebration chief.
Requested about hypothesis that Mr Kishor may be a part of the Congress, Mr Moily mentioned it was advisable that he joins the Congress and injects reforms from inside.
Mr Moily urged these throughout the celebration opposing Mr Kishor’s entry into the Congress not to take action, saying it was essential for the nation and the Congress that the celebration be reformed, which, he mentioned, was the intention of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.
In accordance with sources, Congress president Sonia Gandhi will take a last name on the induction of Mr Kishor and has held discussions with a number of senior leaders on the problem.
Requested if he thinks Mr Kishor’s induction will probably be helpful for the celebration, Mr Moily mentioned the ballot strategist has proved that he’s profitable in understanding methods.
“As a substitute of working from exterior, if he joins the celebration, it will likely be fairly helpful,” he added.
“Let there be robust willpower to hitch fingers with Sonia ji to make sure that the celebration’s organisation is strengthened inside a few months. That is what I proposed that Prashant Kishor can inject that form of resurgence of the Congress celebration (that’s wanted) by plan and design,” Mr Moily mentioned.
He additionally mentioned the Congress is the principle plank of the politics of this nation.
“We might lose generally however 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), finally 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’s scenario was now like impoverished landlords.
Mr Moily additionally identified that Mr Pawar himself has acknowledged that Congress was the one celebration 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,” Mr Moily asserted.
Requested if Congress can 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 operate to serve the curiosity of a gaggle of individuals, few castes or few religions, it can’t be finished. Simply because the individuals are silent it doesn’t imply that they can not stage a political revolution, they will do it however solely below the management of the Congress,” Mr Moily mentioned.
It ought to be remembered that the integrity of the Structure of India is below risk below the NDA regime, he alleged.
Hitting out at these alleging that the Congress was all about the good thing about one household, Mr Moily mentioned Sonia Gandhi had sacrificed for the nation and by no means hankered for posts.
“We must always not overlook that Sonia ji represents martyrs like Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, and likewise the Congress’s virtues introduced Independence and sustained democracy within the nation,” he mentioned.
The Congress is the spine of forces to tackle the BJP, Mr Moily mentioned.
Requested about calls from throughout the Congress that Rahul Gandhi ought to be made the chief of the celebration once more, he mentioned the Wayanad MP was finest suited to steer the celebration however added that presently it was essential to show consideration to reorganise and revamp the celebration.
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