Congress’s Ghulam Nabi Azad, one of many key dissenters within the get together, immediately provided one other clarification of the get together’s current stoop with regards to elections. Talking in the course of the newest controversy to hit the get together – sharp criticism by get together colleague Kapil Sibal after the Bihar election – Mr Azad stated leaders who get a ticket now flip their backs on the warmth and mud of marketing campaign, preferring as a substitute to stay ensconced in five-star consolation.
“The issue with our leaders is that in the event that they get a celebration ticket, they first e-book a five-star resort. Even there they need a deluxe place. Then they won’t transfer with out an air-conditioned automobile. They won’t go to locations the place there’s an untarred street,” he instructed news company ANI.
“Elections will not be fought from five-star resorts… We will not win till we alter this tradition,” he added.
From parachuting outdoors in-charges to poor management from the highest, a lot has been cited as the explanation for the get together’s dismal efficiency.
“Many blame the leaders. The Congress president or Rahul Gandhi,” Mr Azad stated, pointing as a substitute to native leaders of the get together who’re appointed to high posts.
“They’ve misplaced the reference to folks. The block leaders or district leaders. The second somebody will get a rank, they print their letter pads and visiting playing cards and suppose the job is completed. However that’s the place the work begins,” he added.
Indicating that the highest management was not going improper both, he stated beneath Sonia Gandhi, the Congress received 5 states in 4 to 5 years, “after I was in-charge of election affairs”.
“We received in Karnataka, Kerala and we shaped an alliance in Tamil Nadu. In Andhra Pradesh, we received in 2004. The get together management didn’t intrude within the get together functioning,” he stated.
“In Andhra Pradesh, we had 5 parliamentary seats which elevated to 37 in 2004. The UPA-I authorities was shaped primarily due to Congress’s efficiency in Andhra Pradesh. Within the meeting elections, our seats elevated to round 180. In a single-and-a-half years, I visited Delhi solely thrice. I visited Hyderabad metropolis solely twice as a lot of the programmes had been carried out within the rural areas. I had remained union minister however nonetheless, I labored within the rural areas. Elections will not be received via a five-star tradition,” he added.
He stated that so long as office-bearers will not be elected however appointed, they’d not join with the grassroots. There needs to be people who find themselves elected, Mr Azad added.
Within the interview with The Indian Specific, Mr Sibal had pointed to the get together’s reverses in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat, and stated he had been compelled to go public together with his views as “there was no dialogue and there appears to be no effort for a dialogue by the management”.
Three key leaders within the Congress had been vocal with their criticism about his remarks. Amongst them Salman Khurshid, a Gandhi household loyalist, had stated, “I’ve stated very clearly that the Gandhis are leaders of the Congress. No one can deny this. I do not fear about whether or not or not now we have a president”.