New Delhi, August 23
Did Rahul Gandhi say it or did he not? This was the query on everybody’s thoughts after his purported remarks on a letter written by over 20 social gathering leaders looking for pressing organisational reforms created a flutter.
High drama performed out on the practically seven-hour Congress Working Committee assembly with sources saying that Rahul Gandhi lashed out on the letter writers and a few leaders discovered it to be insinuating that it was written in cahoots with the BJP.
However, the Congress promptly denied this and stated “not a word of this nature” was stated by the previous social gathering chief.
Senior Congress chief Kapil Sibal, one of many 23 signatories to the letter addressed to Sonia Gandhi looking for a right away organisational overhaul and a collective management, hit out at Rahul Gandhi in a tweet, saying, “Rahul says ‘we are colluding with BJP’. Succeeded in Rajasthan High Court defending the Congress Party. Defending party in Manipur to bring down BJP government.”
“Last 30 years have never made a statement in favour of BJP on any issue. Yet ‘we are colluding with the BJP’!”
But Sibal posted one other tweet just a little later, saying he was withdrawing his earlier tweet after being “informed by Rahul Gandhi personally that he never said what was attributed to him”.
Tagging Sibal’s earlier tweet, Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala additionally stated that Rahul Gandhi hasn’t stated a phrase of this nature nor alluded to it.
“Please don’t be misled by false media discourse or misinformation being spread. But yes, we all need to work together in fighting the draconian Modi rule rather than fighting & hurting each other and the Congress,” Surjewala tweeted.
Senior Congress chief Ghulam Nabi Azad was additionally on the centre of the controversy with a piece of the media reporting that he provided to resign over Rahul Gandhi’s remarks.
Seeking to set the report straight, the chief of opposition within the Rajya Sabha stated a piece of the media was “wrongly attributing that, in CWC I told Shri Rahul Gandhi to prove that the letter written by us is in collusion with BJP”.
“Let me make it very clear that Shri Rahul Gandhi has neither in CWC nor outside said that this letter was written at the behest of BJP. What I said was, yesterday some Congress person had said that we did it at behest of BJP & in that context I said ‘It is most unfortunate that some colleagues (outside CWC) have accused us of collusion with BJP, and if those people can prove this allegation, I will resign’”.
Congress MP Manickram Tagore additionally tagged Sibal’s earlier tweet and stated, “Kapil Sibal ji We all have great respect for you. @INCIndia made you cabinet minister and gives a lot of importance. you are NOT inside the CWC. You are reacting to a leak that is false. It does not reflect well on a leader as senior as you are, to react to hearsay.”
He later posted one other tweet to thank Sibal after the previous cupboard minister clarified his remarks and withdrew his earlier put up.
Some BJP leaders additionally hit out at Rahul Gandhi over his purported remarks that the letter by over 20 Congress leaders looking for adjustments within the organisation will assist the ruling social gathering. They stated Gandhi was “obsessed” with the saffron social gathering and that “one’s destruction is near when one stops using his own mind”.
“So obsessed is Rahul Gandhi with the BJP that he is beginning to see Congress’ veteran leaders as those working in ‘collusion’ with BJP. Someone rightly said when one’s destruction is near, one stops using his own mind,” BJP common secretary Bhupender Yadav stated.
BJP’s Tom Vadakkan, who was within the Congress for many years and was thought of near the Gandhi household earlier than he joined the saffron social gathering final yr, stated the opposition social gathering’s inner politics is being performed out on account of their “misdeeds”.
“Mirror has cracked. When a mirror cracks, there is no way to put it together. You have to throw it out,” he stated in a swipe on the Congress management over the letter.
Vadakkan additionally stated the dedication of the leaders, who’re signatories to the letter and embody veterans like Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Ghulam Nabi Azad, to the Congress is “definitely much more” than Rahul Gandhi.
“They are not born in the party. They have lived in the party. They have only suggested a course correction and free and fair elections and a leader who is available to lead the party round the clock,” he stated.
Vadakkan claimed that the denial by the Congress that Rahul Gandhi made any assertion linking the letter’s signatories to the BJP was an “afterthought”.
“He (Rahul) believes if you are not with him, then you are with the BJP, not even the Trinamool Congress or any other party,” the BJP chief stated. PTI