Kolkata, July 24
Leader of the Congress within the Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury feels a piece of younger “overambitious” leaders is changing into more and more stressed and deserting the get together because of the rising notion that it’s not going to return to energy on the Centre anytime quickly.
Conceding that their exit would possibly adversely affect the get together “temporarily”, the veteran Congress MP, nonetheless, stated get together “self-discipline and beliefs cannot be compromised to fulfill the person aspirations of leaders who lack ideological dedication.
The Congress chief hinted at the opportunity of some extra younger leaders quitting the get together after the high-profile desertion of Jyotiraditya Scindia and riot by Sachin Pilot.
“There is a sure part of overambitious younger leaders…..they’re changing into stressed and feeling they don’t seem to be getting their due within the get together and are in search of different choices to fulfill their particular person ambitions.
“This is occurring as a consequence of a rising notion that because the Congress wont return to energy (on the Centre) shortly, so the get together wont be capable of fulfill all their calls for. So they’re both leaping the ship or are planning to take action, Chowdhury instructed PTI in an interview.
Talking about Scindia and Pilot, he stated they have been by no means uncared for or given brief shrift by the get together.
He stated there have been leaders with nice potential in a number of political events who didn’t get their due. “But did they leave their party to enjoy the fruits of power? The answer is no. The problem is the lack of commitment,” he stated.
Chowdhury additionally rejected the declare that Jyotiraditya Scindia received Madhya Pradesh for the Congress as its marketing campaign committee chief for the meeting polls.
If that have been the case, he wouldn’t have misplaced his Lok Sabha seat, the veteran Congress chief stated.
Rajasthan, the place Sachin Pilot has risen in revolt towards Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, has a historical past of change of guard each 5 years, Chowdhury stated.
“Had he (Pilot) been the one issue which led to our victory within the 2018 meeting polls we wouldnt have fared so badly within the 2019 Lok Sabha polls in Rajasthan, he stated.
Scindia left the Congress along with his band of loyal MLAs in March and joined the BJP, ensuing within the fall of the Kamal Nath authorities and the saffron get together’s return to energy.
Pilot was eliminated as deputy chief minister and Rajasthan Congress president after he revolted towards Gehlot, a consultant of the previous guard within the Congress.
He has neither left the get together nor been expelled.
Former union minister Milind Deora, one of many younger faces within the Congress had final 12 months proposed Pilot and Scindia for the submit of the get together’s nationwide president.
Deora had instructed PTI he agreed with Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh that the brand new Congress president needs to be younger, succesful and possess electoral, administrative and organisational expertise, and a pan-India attraction.
“In my view, Sachin Pilot and Jyotiraditya Scindia have all these qualities and can provide strength to the organisation and vigour to the opposition space,” he had stated.
When requested whether or not the disillusionment of the younger leaders stems from the ability wrestle between the previous guard and the Young Turks within the get together, with the previous holding sway, Chowdhury replied within the unfavorable.
Can you present me one political get together in India which has leaders of just one age group? Any political get together or organisation is a mix of younger and skilled leaders. Just as a result of I’m over 60 will you throw me out of the get together? In BJP, when Atal Bihari Vajpayee, L Okay Advani have been leaders, they’d groomed others like Narendra Modi and the present-day BJP management, he stated.
Chowdhury blamed a piece of media for presenting the distinction of opinion as disputes inside the get together.
He dismissed as “untrue” options that Scindia and Pilot have been sidelined as they might pose a menace to Rahul Gandhi’s management.
“This is totally unfaithful. Had Rahul Ji felt threatened by them, he wont have inspired them to take up necessary assignments each within the get together and in governments, he stated.
When requested whether or not the issues the Congress is going through stemmed from a management disaster, the five-time MP from West Bengals Beharampore stated the get together is simply going by a foul, tough patch, which is kind of widespread in politics.
There is not any management disaster in our get together. Its a media creation. We have Sonia Gandhi as our chief and nobody ought to query her political acumen because it underneath her management that the get together received two successive phrases from 2004- 2014, he stated.
Responding to a query about who will take over the mantle from interim president Sonia Gandhi, Chowdhury, a member of the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the best decision-making physique of the get together, stated although there have been a number of good leaders they lack the stature and charisma of the Gandhi household which acts as glue for the get together.
“We wish to have a member of the Gandhi household to steer us. Sonia Gandhiji has achieved an amazing job within the final 12 months. If Rahul Gandhi Ji desires to take up the mantle he can at all times accomplish that, he stated.
Asked why the Congress was reluctant about trying past the Gandhi household regardless of repeated electoral reverses, he stated, “Thats as a result of nobody has the charisma the Gandhi household has. When we’ve got another person with such charisma, he can lead the get together. We had P V Narasimha Rao, Sitaram Kesari as get together presidents previously.
He stated a “false” notion has been created by a piece of media at BJP’s bidding that Rahul Gandhi is a “part-time politician”.
Chowdhury stated Rahul Gandhi is the one chief who has been persistently opposing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his authorities’s insurance policies.
“He has been uncompromising in it. But a section of media loves to paint him as an immature politician. The day we return to power, you will find Rahul ji being hailed as a great politician,” he stated. PTI