A day after Jitin Prasada switched to the BJP, senior Congress chief M Veerappa Moily on Thursday mentioned the Congress must endure a “main surgical procedure” and never rely simply on legacy, asserting that the highest management should give primacy to ideological dedication whereas giving duty to leaders.
Alleging that Prasada had positioned “private ambition” over all the things else, Moily mentioned the Uttar Pradesh chief’s ideological dedication was suspect from the start and the social gathering profitable zero seats in West Bengal underneath his cost confirmed that he was incompetent.
In an interview with PTI, Moily additionally mentioned the highest management ought to make a correct evaluation of leaders within the social gathering, asserting that “one can not make individuals leaders when they don’t deserve it”.
The Congress has to rethink and re-strategise a few of these issues after which solely the social gathering can come up, the previous Union minister mentioned.
“Correctly reorganise the social gathering with correct individuals in positions and never put incompetent individuals (in positions of duty) who can not ship. This can be a lesson, the Congress must make an introspection within the face of the developments,” Moily mentioned, making ideas for the social gathering’s excessive command.
Requested if Prasada’s exit from the Congress has a message for the social gathering prime brass, he mentioned they need to give significance to leaders’ antecedents, ideology and their strategy to the widespread individuals, whereas appointing them to positions of significance.
Moily, who had prompt after the 2019 polls debacle that the Congress has to endure a significant surgical procedure to be aggressive, mentioned the social gathering had lengthy delayed that main surgical procedure and it was “wanted proper now, there isn’t any tomorrow”.
“Subsequent yr we face meeting elections in seven states after which instantly parliamentary polls shall be there after that (in 2024). If we don’t carry out nicely within the seven elections we may have extra issue within the normal elections,” Moily advised PTI.
“The Congress mustn’t simply hinge upon legacy, however we have to readjust ourselves and put together ourselves for aggressive politics performed by (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi. It isn’t that Modi is undefeatable, he could be defeated by placing our social gathering again on observe. Main surgical procedure is required proper now, there isn’t any tomorrow,” he asserted.
Moily was among the many group of 23 leaders together with Prasada who had written to interim President Sonia Gandhi in August final yr urging an organisational overhaul of the social gathering. Nonetheless, he had distanced himself from the Jammu meet of the G-23 and has backed the management of the Gandhi household.
Requested if the query mark over the management challenge within the social gathering with Sonia Gandhi being the interim chief since August 2019 was posing issues for the social gathering, Moily mentioned that with Sonia Gandhi on the helm, she will encourage and take selections.
“We’ve a pacesetter, so that isn’t a problem. With Sonia ji on the helm, there isn’t any emptiness. She has to step up and carry out the key surgical procedure on the social gathering. She has the willpower, capability and she will encourage the cadres,” Moily mentioned.
He asserted that whereas kids should be promoted within the social gathering, ideological orientation ought to be checked out in giving duties.
“Their (the leaders’) historical past should be seen, their dedication should be seen, their dynamism, strategy and expertise must be given weightage,” Moily asserted.
Children should be inspired however their ambition ought to be throughout the confines of the ideology of the social gathering, he added.
Moily pressured that management shouldn’t be given to opportunists who can betray the social gathering and aren’t able to delivering.
Speaking particularly about Prasada’s swap to the BJP, he mentioned it was solely a query of private ambition in Prasada’s case.
“He (Prasada) couldn’t make a mark in UP although the Congress had picked him up as a younger chief. He didn’t come as much as the expectations,” Moily mentioned.
On Prasada being made the AICC in-charge of West Bengal final yr, Moily mentioned if an individual with no capability is chosen, “in the end the outcome shall be zero”.
“Generally we additionally make a mistake and choose incorrect leaders who aren’t able to delivering. Simply because they converse in good English we expect they’re good leaders. We wish mass leaders who can converse the language of the plenty, which among the leaders like Jitin Prasada weren’t talking,” he mentioned.
“By selecting such individuals as state in-charges, that’s how the social gathering suffers. It was a completely incorrect alternative (to call Prasada as West Bengal in-charge). I knew that in such an enormous state like West Bengal with the Congress in a foul form, a person with none expertise and mass base, with out a correct strategy, who can not articulate the Congress ideology, if given the cost, there can be failure,” Moily mentioned.
The saga of defections within the Congress, which started forward of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, continues unabated with Prasada leaping ship on Wednesday, triggering hypothesis of additional exits.
Prasada adopted within the footsteps of his former Congress colleague Jyotiraditya Scindia who give up the social gathering to affix the BJP in March final yr.