Senior Congress chief P Chidambaram on Sunday favoured a consensus for the submit of the AICC chief and asserted that Rahul Gandhi will all the time have a “pre-eminent place” within the celebration no matter whether or not he’s president or not as he’s the “acknowledged chief” of the rank and file.
To this point, Rahul Gandhi has declined to tackle the mantle of celebration presidency however might change his thoughts, the previous Union minister and Congress Working Committee member stated, simply days forward of the notification of polls to elect the AICC chief.
In an interview with PTI, Chidambaram stated there was no event for any controversy over the equity and transparency of the celebration president polls and asserted that had central election authority chairman Madhusudan Mistry’s final assertion on the considerations of among the leaders come on the primary day, the matter would have stood resolved.
Underlining that it isn’t the follow of any political celebration to publish the roll of the electoral school, he stated the PCC-wise electoral roll will likely be obtainable for inspection on the workplace of the PCC involved, whereas the all India electoral roll will likely be obtainable for inspection on the workplace of the AICC.
“Each nominated candidate will likely be entitled to a replica of the electoral roll. Mr Mistry has since clarified these self-evident factors and the MPs have stated they had been glad. The matter is rested,” Chidambaram stated.
Lok Sabha members Shashi Tharoor, Manish Tewari, Karti Chidambaram, Pradyut Bordoloi, and Abdul Khaleque, had written to Mistry, searching for readability on the problem of electoral rolls, to which the celebration’s ballot panel chief had clarified that anybody eager to file nomination for the submit of Congress president will likely be in a position see the listing of the over 9,000 PCC delegates on the AICC’s central election authority workplace from September 20.
P Chidambaram additionally requested if the media had raised such points when the BJP or another celebration held its celebration elections.
“I can not recall Mr J P Nadda asking for the electoral roll or submitting his nomination!” he stated.
Requested whether or not consensus or elections can be higher for the submit of AICC president, Chidambaram stated whereas election is the default choice, “the higher course — and all events comply with this — is to elect a nationwide president by consensus”.
“If my recollection is appropriate, Mr Nadda, and earlier than him Mr Amit Shah, Mr Rajnath Singh and Mr Gadkari, had been all elected by consensus,” he stated.
On whether or not Gandhi will heed appeals of celebration employees and leaders, Chidambaram stated he doesn’t know the reply to that query.
“Rahul Gandhi is the acknowledged chief of the rank and file of the celebration. They need him to be the President of the celebration additionally. To this point, he has declined. He might change his thoughts,” the senior Congress chief instructed PTI.
Requested whether or not the Gandhi household will proceed to occupy a spot of pre-eminence within the celebration if a non-Congress president is elected, Chidambaram cited the historical past of the Congress and identified that between 1921 and 1948 Mahatma Gandhi was the acknowledged chief of the Congress, and afterwards, Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi, one following the opposite, was the acknowledged chief of the celebration.
“Other than the Chief, there have been a number of individuals who held the workplace of president of the celebration for one or two or three years. There have been durations in Congress’ historical past when the Chief and the president was the identical individual, there have been lengthy durations when the Chief and the president had been completely different individuals,” he stated.
The Rajya Sabha MP stated that if Rahul Gandhi is elected Congress president, he will likely be each chief and president, but when he’s not, he’ll stay the acknowledged chief of the celebration and there will likely be one other individual holding the workplace of president.
“Rahul Gandhi will all the time have a pre-eminent place within the celebration,” Chidambaram asserted.
Requested if a non-Gandhi household individual will command the identical respect and authority, the senior chief stated the workplace of Congress president carries with it an incredible custom and historical past, huge powers and large duties. “I’m sure whoever is elected Congress president will rise to the event and command respect among the many leaders and the rank and file of the celebration,” he added.
The notification for the Congress president’s election will likely be out on September 22 and the method for submitting nominations will likely be held from September 24 to 30.
The final date for the withdrawal of nominations is October 8 and the election, if required, will likely be held on October 17. The outcomes will likely be out on October 19. Speaking in regards to the celebration’s Bharat Jodo Yatra that started on September 7 from Kanyakumari, Chidambaram stated that from what he noticed in Tamil Nadu on the primary two days, and from what he has gathered from his colleagues in Kerala, numerous dormant Congressmen and ladies and sympathisers got here out of their properties and joined the padayatra for brief or lengthy distances.
Many a whole bunch extra stood on the roadside and welcomed and cheered Rahul Gandhi and the yatris, he stated.
“It signifies that the elephant has been woke up. 1000’s of individuals are listening to an historic, but new, message: that this nation can’t be allowed to be divided by hate or anger or communal battle; that love and tolerance and fraternity will unite the folks of the nation; and that such unity alone can lay the premise for financial and social progress,” Chidambaram stated.
This message could be very completely different from the divisive and hate-filled messages that we now have heard during the last seven years, he stated.
Chidambaram cited the traces from a poem written 100 years in the past by Tamil poet Subramania Bharati which translate to, “In order that this nation might come up as one, come ahead to do an incredible deed! Come! Come!”.
“As this message resonates all through the nation, it’ll actually rejuvenate and revive the Congress,” he asserted.
On the BJP’s criticism of the yatra, Chidambaram stated the ruling celebration was not ready for the form of response that the yatra has evoked and alleged that its leaders had been resorting to misinformation, lies, mocking and abuse.