Senior Congress chief M Veerappa Moily on Sunday stated some leaders “misused” the G-23 and asserted that if anybody persists with its institutionalisation it might be for “vested curiosity” as reform of the celebration was already underway underneath Sonia Gandhi.
The previous Union minister additionally voiced sturdy assist for ballot strategist Prashant Kishor’s induction into the Congress and stated these opposing his entry into the celebration have been “anti-reform”.
In an interview with PTI, Moily, who was among the many 23 leaders who wrote to Gandhi final yr searching for organizational overhaul, opposed the institutionalisation of the G-23 and stated “a few of us put our signatures just for reform of the celebration from inside and to rebuild the celebration, to not destroy it”.
“A few of our leaders misused the G-23. No sooner did Sonia ji consider reforming the celebration from inside and from the grassroots stage, we didn’t subscribe to the thought of G-23,” the senior Congress chief stated, with out taking any names.
He stated with the initiation of reform underneath celebration chief Sonia Gandhi’s management, the G-23 has “no function and has grow to be irrelevant”.
“In the event that they (some leaders) persist (with G-23) meaning there’s a vested curiosity for just a few of them to work in opposition to the Congress celebration which we don’t subscribe to and moderately oppose it,” Moily stated.
Anyone who once more makes use of the instrument of G-23 is doing an amazing disservice to the Indian Nationwide Congress and its legacy, he stated, including such actions would assist the Congress’ rivals.
Ballot strategist Prashant Kishor. (File)
His remarks assume significance as many leaders of the G-23 have both distanced themselves from it or have been silent following the letter they wrote final yr. Out of that group of 23 leaders who wrote to Sonia Gandhi, Jitin Prasada has converted to the BJP.
A number of members of the G-23 had acquired collectively at social gatherings a few occasions at Kapil Sibal’s residence just lately and reportedly mentioned celebration points. At one of many gatherings, Sibal had invited a bunch of opposition leaders as nicely to his residence.
Moily stated the “main surgical procedure” of the celebration that he has been speaking about to revitalize the organisation was already being contemplated by Sonia Gandhi.
“She (Sonia Gandhi) is energetic and taking choices, such choices are wanted,” he stated, including he was proud of the steps taken by the celebration chief.
The G-23 Congress leaders in Jammu. (PTI)
Requested about hypothesis that Kishor might be part of the Congress, Moily stated it was advisable that he joins the Congress and injects reforms from inside.
Moily urged these inside the celebration opposing Kishor’s entry into the Congress not to take action, saying it was essential for the nation and the Congress that the celebration be reformed, which, he stated, was the intention of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.
In response to sources, Congress president Sonia Gandhi will take a ultimate name on the induction of Kishor and has held discussions with a number of senior leaders on the problem.
Requested if he thinks Kishor’s induction shall be helpful for the celebration, Moily stated the ballot strategist has proved that he’s profitable in figuring out methods.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi. (File)
“As a substitute of working from outdoors, if he joins the celebration, will probably be fairly helpful,” he added.
“Let there be sturdy willpower to hitch palms with Sonia ji to make sure that the celebration’s organisation is strengthened inside a few months. That is what I proposed that Prashant Kishor can inject that type of resurgence of the Congress celebration (that’s wanted) by plan and design,” Moily stated.
He additionally stated the Congress is the primary plank of the politics of this nation.
“We might lose typically but it surely can’t be stated that we are going to lose perpetually. For instance, in 1977 we misplaced and in 1980 with all of the allegations in opposition to her (Indira Gandhi), finally the folks discovered that they needed the Congress and Indira ji got here again, that is the historical past of the Congress,” he stated when requested about NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s remarks suggesting that Congress’ state of affairs was now like impoverished landlords.
NCP chief Sharad Pawar. (File)
Moily additionally identified that Pawar himself has acknowledged that Congress was the one celebration in energy in a number of states that might tackle the BJP.
“Congress is the fulcrum of the power of the politics of this nation,” Moily asserted.
Requested if Congress can be the fulcrum of an Opposition alliance to tackle the BJP in 2024 elections, he answered within the affirmative.
“In the end the federal government can’t perform to serve the curiosity of a gaggle of individuals, few castes or few religions, it can’t be achieved. Simply because the persons are silent it doesn’t imply that they can not stage a political revolution, they’ll do it however solely underneath the management of the Congress,” Moily stated.
It needs to be remembered that the integrity of the Structure of India is underneath risk underneath the NDA regime, he alleged.
Hitting out at these alleging that the Congress was all about the advantage of one household, Moily stated Sonia Gandhi had sacrificed for the nation and by no means hankered for posts.
“We should always not neglect that Sonia ji represents martyrs like Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, and in addition the Congress’ virtues introduced independence and sustained democracy within the nation,” he stated.
The Congress is the spine of forces to tackle the BJP, Moily stated.
Requested about calls from inside the Congress that Rahul Gandhi needs to be made the chief of the celebration once more, he stated the Wayanad MP was greatest suited to guide the celebration however added that presently it was essential to show consideration to reorganise and revamp the celebration.