Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal has given some suggestions to get the party out of bad times. He says that the re-emergence in Congress is the need of the country. For this the party also needs to show that it is active and wants to engage in a meaningful way.
In a conversation with news agency PTI, Sibal said on Sunday that the elections of the party organization should be held soon. Major reforms are needed at the Center and at the state level, so that we can show that the party is no longer in a state of inertia. The country lacks a political alternative. Therefore, a strong and credible opposition is essential at this juncture. There is an urgent need to strike a balance between experience and youth in the Congress.
Sibal is in favour of reforms in the party
Sibal is one of the outspoken members of the G-23 group of Congress leaders, which wrote to the top leadership of the party demanding reforms in the organisation. Then Rahul Gandhi had told the leaders who wrote the letter as the helpers of the BJP. These leaders include leaders close to the Gandhi family like Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma.
Sibal has raised questions before
After the Bihar elections, Sibal had said in an interview that the results of Bihar and by-elections made it seem that the people of the country were not considering Congress as an effective alternative. We did not get a single seat in the Gujarat polls. The same was the case in the Lok Sabha elections also. In some seats in the by-elections of Uttar Pradesh, Congress candidates got less than 2% votes.
Sibal said that the party did not introspect even after this, so how can you expect it now? We know the weaknesses, we also know what is the problem at the level of the organization. Maybe everyone knows the solution too, but don’t want to adopt it. If this continues, the party will continue to suffer. Everyone is worried about the plight of Congress.
Jitin Prasad left Congress
Jitin Prasad, a big leader of Congress in UP and close to Rahul Gandhi, has recently joined the BJP. Jitin’s stature in the Congress was very big. He was a minister in the Manmohan Singh government at the Centre. He was recently in charge of West Bengal and Andaman and Nicobar. After leaving the party, he had said that the rest of the parties have become individual and region-specific.
Congress getting weak in a mutual fight
- In 2018, when Congress formed the government in Chhattisgarh, Punjab and Madhya Pradesh, it was felt that the party was returning to its old glory. After this, the revolt of Jyotiraditya Scindia, one of the big faces of Congress in Madhya Pradesh, brought down the government. Scindia is now in BJP.
- There is a tussle going on in Punjab between Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and Navjot Singh Sidhu. Amarinder has even challenged Navjot Singh Sidhu to contest against him from Patiala.
- Similarly, in Chhattisgarh, the issue of power politics is going on between Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and Health Minister TS Singhdev.
- In Rajasthan, Sachin Pilot is not getting along with Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. Pilot had returned with 18 MLAs last year due to reconciliation after their rebellion. According to Pilot, the promises made to him then have still not been fulfilled. It is said that efforts are on to break even his supporters MLAs.
The condition of Congress in the recent elections
In the recent assembly elections held in 5 states, Congress did not get any major success in a single place. In Bengal, it did not get even a single seat. In Assam, the party had to face defeat in front of the BJP alliance for the second time in a row. In Kerala, it could not overcome the ruling Left Front. In Tamil Nadu, Congress is in government, but the bigger party is DMK there.