December 2, 2022

Salman Khurshid mentioned each reform would not come by out of the blue questioning one thing.

New Delhi:

Taking a dig at a number of the G-23 leaders who’ve renewed their name for reforms within the Congress, senior chief Salman Khurshid on Sunday requested whether or not these calling for organisational polls have gotten to the place they’re within the celebration in the identical method, and asserted that reform is achieved by sacrificing, not by out of the blue questioning one thing that one has “taken advantage of” over time.

Days after G-23 chief M Veerappa Moily careworn the necessity for a “major surgery” on the celebration to make it electorally extra aggressive, Mr Khurshid mentioned these “wonderful phrases” are usually not the reply as celebration leaders want to take a seat down and give you options to the challenges which have arisen within the final 10 years.

In an interview with PTI, Mr Khurshid additionally mentioned that it was for Rahul Gandhi to resolve whether or not he needs to contest the celebration’s presidential polls or not, however asserted that with or with out being celebration president he stays “our leader”.

Asked about Kapil Sibal’s name for widespread reforms throughout all ranges of the organisation and Mr Moily calling for a “major surgery” on the celebration, the previous Union minister took a dig saying, “I am quite happy for the major surgery but what do you want to remove — my liver, kidney, just somebody tell me what surgery you want to do.”

Mr Khurshid, who’s among the many leaders thought-about near the Gandhi household, mentioned the “surgery” ought to be carried out on the celebration nevertheless it should be made clear what one will lose and what one will obtain by it.

“These wonderful phrases are not the answer, we need to get to the bottom (of the problem), we need to get to the inside, before surgery, we need to do X-rays, ultrasounds,” the 68-year-old mentioned utilizing medical analogies.

The senior Congress chief mentioned he would not perceive when individuals say “let us do surgery, reform, bring about a fundamental change” and desires that they might clearly clarify what they imply by it.

“If they mean that there should be a reshuffle and they should be given the top positions, then that is not reform or surgery. That is just saying ”I want the job”. So, I think there should be a conversation,” he mentioned.

Mr Khurshid asserted that the leaders calling for reform ought to have had a dialogue with different leaders as properly.

“Why hasn’t somebody talked to me and said let us do this for the party?…(it is as) if only they exist and want reform,” he mentioned referring to the ”Group of 23” leaders who had written to celebration chief Sonia Gandhi and sought intensive organisational revamp final 12 months.

But since then, out of that group, Jitin Prasada has converted to the BJP whereas many have apparently distanced themselves from the group.

Pointing out that the ”Group of 23” leaders, which included the likes of Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma, Mr Moily and Mr Sibal, had sought main organisational revamp, he mentioned they solely mentioned there ought to be elections within the celebration.

“Nobody is against the election, there should be an election. It would have been very nice if they had reminded us of which election they won to get where they are. If they reminded us of that it would be easy for us to understand,” he mentioned, taking a swipe on the G-23 leaders.

“But someone who talks about elections who has never got anywhere with elections in the past I think is being a little unfair to us,” Mr Khurshid mentioned.

Talking additional in regards to the G-23 leaders’ demand for organisational polls, he mentioned they need elections in any respect ranges and “I just want to know — is that the way they have got to where they are”.

“Which party has elections at all levels in India? Elections at all levels in India, how useful, difficult and hurtful they have been, panchayat elections…We will have to have a separate election commission of the power that the Election Commission of India has because the Congress party is a huge party,” he argued.

There are many questions and leaders want to take a seat and discuss it, he mentioned, including that they definitely needn’t go to the press looking for reforms.

On criticism that the Congress is in decline as it isn’t taking the trail of reforms, he mentioned many individuals who expressed dissatisfaction have carried out very properly out of the system that the celebration has.

Noting that each celebration has to reform occasionally, Mr Khurshid mentioned each reform would not come by out of the blue questioning one thing that “you have taken advantage of”.

“Reform comes when you give up what you have received…say that I need to make a sacrifice because I want some change to happen. Therefore, the first thing that I will do is to give up what I have received to make an example to people, otherwise people think you are being hypocritical,” he mentioned in an obvious dig on the G-23 leaders.

“You have got something, enjoyed it, and now you want more and therefore you are talking about reform. Reform means when everybody has to sit down” and take into consideration what’s required, he mentioned.

Asserting that there isn’t any shying away from that election, Mr Khurshid mentioned it will occur however this isn’t the time to gather 5,000 individuals and get them to return and vote.

On whether or not polls ought to be performed for the Congress Working Committee (CWC), Mr Khurshid mentioned the Constitution of the celebration will dictate what’s to be carried out and “we will abide by it”.

“I want to know how many people who want elections for the CWC were in the CWC by an election in the past,” he mentioned.

“I am waiting for my leaders to take a call, they know what is good for the party, what is good for the country. I am not in a hurry,” he asserted.

Mr Khurshid additionally pointed to the influence of coronavirus on the celebration for not going forward with organizational polls and cited the lack of senior leaders equivalent to Ahmed Patel and Motilal Vora to Covid as causes for slowing down the method. 

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