Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar slams occasion dissenters

Aditi Tandon

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 30

Knives are out within the Congress over a piece of dissenters making each day public statements in opposition to the management, with Punjab occasion president Sunil Jakhar on Sunday changing into the primary Congress functionary to publicly demand motion in opposition to the out of line individuals.

“The Congress president will have to draw a line somewhere. Strong action must be taken against party persons, no matter how senior, who continue to needle the leadership daily even after our president Sonia Gandhi graciously told them she bore no ill-will against anyone. These dissenters are aware that the Congress is going through difficult times. They think they are untouchables and can continue to exploit the party’s predicament. They must be dealt with sternly,” mentioned Jakhar days after one other veteran Ambika Soni demanded disciplinary motion in opposition to letter writers within the assembly of the Congress Working Committee.

Jakhar additionally slammed the dissenters for speaking inside occasion reforms and mentioned their calls for lacked credibility and conviction. “Some of these people who are asking for reforms have spent quarter of a century in the Rajya Sabha. Their attempt even today is not to cement the party, but to secure their personal positions. If they were so concerned about grooming others and strengthening the Congress, why didn’t they step back from the Rajya Sabha and vacate the seats for youngsters. Had they done so, maybe Jyotiraditya Scindia would not have left for the BJP,” mentioned Jakhar.

He additionally questioned Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, one of many signatories to the controversial letter, for looking for CWC elections now and recalled how Azad had within the 2018 AICC session moved a decision authorising Congress chief to nominate CWC members.

“What has changed in two years for Azad, except that his RS term is now expiring. Now, he says the CWC elections would ensure fixed tenure for a CWC member who can then speak his mind openly. I want to ask Azad, my senior, whether he needs a secure job to speak his mind. Well, if he does he should look for a government job. When in politics leaders need courage of conviction, not secure CWC tenures, to say what they have to say,” mentioned Jakhar, attacking former Punjab CM Rajinder Bhattal for becoming a member of the letter writers.

The Punjab Congress chief additionally mentioned the occasion should chunk the bullet sooner or later and put its foot down in opposition to indiscipline by leaders.

“Too many indiscretions have gone unpunished in Congress. We have seen this in Rajasthan, Punjab and now with this letter. The party will emerge stronger by telling people enough is enough,” Jakhar mentioned.

He additionally mentioned the letter on the one hand seeks elections for occasion president’s publish and CWC and on the opposite says NSUI and Youth Congress elections have weakened the cadre feeding organisations.

“So, elections to IYC are bad and elections from block committee up to AICC are good? What’s this logic?” requested Jakhar, including that those that by no means contested elections are looking for elections at present.

The Punjab Congress president additionally accused senior letter writers of betraying Sonia Gandhi and writing a “caustic” letter to her when she was ailing.

“What these seniors did was no less than what Brutus did to Caesar,” he mentioned.

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